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Land Use Mapping

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Spatial mapping and monitoring of Land Use and Land Cover for National Planning and Sustainable Development.

This programme targets four specific areas of implementation, namely:

  1. Digital spatial mapping of Mombasa County
  2. Land use and land cover mapping of Kwale, Kilifi, Kakamega, UasinGishu and Marsabit
  3. Land degradation mapping of Narok County
  4. Assessment, mappingand monitoring of Mau forest water tower
  5. Mapping of mining excavation sites in Nyanza and Western region

The digital spatial mapping of urban areas in Mombasa County is an on-going project already contracted to the ministry. Hence project will continue and implemented under terms reference agreed in the project contract.

Likewise, land use and land cover of Kwale County will continue to be implemented under terms reference agreed in the project contract by the County Government of Kwale.

However, the directorate plans to undertake additional work on land use and land cover activities in Kilifi, Kakamega, UasinGishu and Marsbit. As for Marsabit the County Government of Marsabit wish to map specific towns of Moyale, Marsabit, Laisamis and North Horr for digital spatial planning.

Furthermore, the directorate will be involved in mapping of mining excavation sites in Nyanza and Western regions of Kenya. This undertaking will lead in identification of sites that will prioritized for rehabilitation.

In all the above sub-programmes/projects mounting of vertical aerial photographic mission will done for resource mapping. Using the most accurate modern survey camera equipment now available in the directorate, aerial photos will be captured to enhance mapping at fairly accurate level. The camera improved forward motion compensation; automatic crab compensation and a gyroscopic stabilization mount system to attain desired photography. These cameras are compatible with in-plane photo-control GPS (pre-determined GPS coordinates that trigger shutter actuation) and utilize either or both terrain-based and GPS control points for precision geo-referenced photography.

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