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The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) was established in 1976 as the Kenya Rangeland Ecological Monitoring Unit (KREMU). The overall objective of DRSRS is to gather and analyse data and information regarding the natural resources of Kenya and to provide interdisciplinary analysis of such information as it relates to natural resources planning, management and policy formulation at a national, regional and district level. In assessing natural resources, DRSRS primarily employs aerial survey methods in gathering data, while ground surveys are undertaken primarily for ground-truthing. Other modern technology including satellite images (NOAA, Landsat and Spot) and Geographic Information System (GIS) facilitate development and use of database of natural resources. Systematic reconnaissance flight (SRF) surveys over the Kenyan rangelands have been used to collect data on wildlife and livestock distribution and abundance and environmental information are collected. The overriding concern in implementing these surveys has been to maintain continuity in procedures such that consistency of the data is maintained. Consequently, these data are valuable source of information on the distribution, abundance and trend of wildlife/livestock populations and environmental conditions within the Kenya rangelands.

Parent Ministry

The Ministry of Mining was formed by the government after the country's March 4th general elections to look into mining activities in the country. The Ministry undertakes various functions aimed at enhancing growth of the mining sector in the country as guided by the executive order No. 2 of 2013.

The Ministry is divided into 8 sections


 DRSRS Mandate


Ministry Directorates

The Directorate of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) is mandated with the collection, storage, analysis, updating and dissemination of Geo-spatial information on natural resources to facilitate informed decision-making for sustainable management of these resources with the major aim of alleviating poverty and environmental management.

Data collected forms the basis for formulation of policies and development plans and help decision-making in various government ministries, and resource planning and management agencies.


The main objectives of the department are:

  1. To collect data on the numbers and distributions of livestock/wildlife and associated environment/ecological attributes in the Kenya Rangelands;
  2. To inventorize, map and monitor the vegetation and habitats of livestock/wildlife in Kenya;
  3. To undertake land cover/use assessment, mapping and monitoring (vegetation cover, forests, species composition, biofuel and land degradation);
  4. To develop early warning systems (EWS) for crop forecasting used in food security management and vegetation biomass productivity monitoring for range management
  5. To develop Land Information Management Systems (LIMS) from geospatial databases generated;
  6. Coordinate the application of remote sensing technology in Kenya
  1. Directorate of Mineral Management and regulations;
  2. Directorate of Geological Surveys;
  3. Directorate of mineral promotion and value addition;
  4. Directorate of Mine health, safety and environment;
  5. Directorate of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing;
  6. Directorate of corporate affairs;
  7. Geo-data centre and minerals certification laboratory;
  8. Mineral audit agency;
  9. Policy, strategy, research, legal, and capacity building;


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DRSRS Resources

The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) has a variety of up-to-date equipment and professional staff for resource surveys and mapping:

  1. Computers and software: – Data entry and analysis, map production, GIS and remote sensing laboratory
  2. Air Service:- 2 Partenavia 168 and Cessna 208 (Carravan) aircraft for wildlife/livestock aerial census, low level reconnaissance flights and high level aerial photography – forest cover mapping, infrastructures and crop forecasting
  3. Cameras: – High level aerial photography, 35mm vertical and oblique photo cameras
  4. Tape recorders: – Aerial surveys of wildlife and livestock populations
  5. Global Position Systems (GPS): – Location mapping and sampling
  6. Fieldwork Vehicles: – Field sampling and ground truthings
  7. Herbarium: – Depository and inventory of plant specimensLibrary: – Books, technical reports and articles relevant to the department’s activities
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Ministry of Mining, 
P.O. Box 30009, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya  
Works Building, Ngong Road 
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (020) 2723101
Fax: +254 (020) 2714398
Email: info@mining.go.ke  | Online Form