Ground Survey Section (GSS)

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The GSS conducts its activities on the ground and is mainly on inventory, mapping, assessment and monitoring vegetation through ground sampling techniques.


  1. To inventory, map, assess and monitor vegetation and wildlife and livestock habitats in the Kenya Rangelands;
  2. To undertake land use/cover mapping and monitoring (vegetation cover);
  3. To assess and monitor seasonal vegetation biomass production


  • Land degradation assessment and monitoring;
  • Vegetation inventory, cover mapping and monitoring;
  • Land use/cover assessment with respect to plant biodiversity;
  • Plant inventory and taxonomy (herbarium database development, and,
  • Seasonal biomass monitoring range management and drought forecasting.

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