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
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
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
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