Combining local knowledge with conventional approaches to understand rangeland ecosystems
Local knowledge and spatial technologies were combined to assess resource changes in the Amboseli ecosystem in southern Kenya. Reduction of grazing land was perceived to be the main change over the last 40 years and was reported to be more pronounced under sedentary and semi-nomadic land uses than in the nomadic pastoral land-use sites. These observed resource changes can often have adverse implications on pastoral livelihoods. Therefore, providing insight into the changes in pastoral resources – through participatory resource mapping – can improve communities’ resilience through resource management at a local level.
The study “Community perceptions on spatio-temporal land use changes in the Amboseli ecosystem, southern Kenya” can be found here