We have over 18 years of experience in research and project development and implementation. Much of our work focus on multi-thematic mapping and the characterized of agricultural and natural systems and how these may change over time. Aim thereby is to support the targeting and prioritization of conservation and development interventions. Below are some of the themes and subjects that we have worked on.
Data development and analysis to support the prioritization and targeting of research and development projects
In many developing countries, information about e.g., agricultural, natural and socio-economic systems is limited. This makes it a challenge to define priorities for interventions that could help to improve the livelihood of people in these countries. Collating and analyzing available information is therefore a crucial first step in any research or development project.
We have provided support to various CGIAR programs on the development, management and analysis of data sets on natural resources, agricultual production systems and livelihoods for e.g., land use characterization, priority setting and targeting of management or conservation interventions.
Consequences of climate change for agricultural and natural systems and options for adaptation and mitigation
Projected increases in temperatures and rainfall variability is threatening the livelihood of agricultural communities in many places in the world. Likewise, conservation options will be increasingly affected by projected changes in our climate. At the same time, increased human populations, urbanization, economic growth and changing consumption patterns have made existing coping mechanisms less effective. It is therefore essential to work towards a better understanding, characterization and mapping of the implications of long-term climate variability and change on agricultural and natural systems. Ultimately we need this to develop new technologies, training and technical support to farmers and other stakeholders to deal with climate change.
For the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), we produced a widely used review of information, tools and approaches currently available that support the development of climate risk management strategies specifically tailored to stakeholders needs in easter Africa.
For the regional office for the Near East of the Food and Agricultural organization (FAO) of the United Nation, we provided an review of the state of knowledge on climate change in the Near East and potential impacts on agriculture. The report furthermore elaborates on options for adaptation and mitigation measures in different livestock production system in the region.
Make your project location aware
Agricultural research, development projects, conservation prioritization; it all has a spatial component. In geographic information system (GIS) analysis, a crucial step is to link knowledge to location. This is not only a matter of technical skills and software specifications. Being able to listen, to provide clear feedback and the willingness to get really involved in the subject matter are at least as important, and often requires an iterative and interactive process of processing and exchange of information and ideas.
We have ample experience in spatial analysis and GIS, covering many different subject areas and working with a wide array of partners. And we would be very happy to help you to find and manage the data you need, provide advise on the best analytical tools for the job, and support the implementation of projects that require spatial analysis / GIS analysis.
Mapping the natural vegetation and its species to inform agroforestry, vegetation restoration and reforestation projects
A better understanding of the distribution and characteristics of the natural vegetation and its species will allow us to make better informed decisions about conservation priorities and targets and can help farmers, foresters and others to 'find the right tree for the right place'.
We collaborate with various partners to further expand and improve our knowledge of the vegetation and species in eastern Africa. Current outputs are made available through the vegetationmap4africa information portal. And following up on many user requests, we are actively looking for funds to further expand the map to cover other countries in the region. In addition, we are currently working on a map of the natural vegetation of Nepal.
Ecology of old growth and secondary forests and tree population dynamics
We have participated in various studies to spatial and temporal patterns and dynamics in biodiversity, succession and tree population in forests at plot to landscape level. We work for example with the Forest Ecology & Restoration Lab, providing support in the data analysis.
Data analysis support, advice and training
We have a broad experience in (spatial) data analysis in such subject areas as land use change, biodiversity, ecology and biogeography, and covering all steps from design to data collection to the analysis itself. We can carry out analysis for you, or help you to do your own.
We use a wide variety of open source tools for our spatial and statistical analysis and GIS work. Important is that we are not tied to any specific software package. Instead, we aim to use the tools that best fit the needs of our clients and partners.