Annual Growth of Biomass and Theoretically Harvestable Biomass Yield outside Croplands in Kenya

This dataset portrays the annual growth of biomass outside of croplands and the theoretically harvestable biomass yield outside of croplands for Kenya.

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This data was used in Map 7.6 and Map 7.7 in Nature's Benefits in Kenya: An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being. Values of zero for both fields pertain to croplands and urban areas, and should be displayed as ""not applicable.""

Note: All areas classified as 'natural and semi-natural' in the Africover map (FAO 2000) were grouped into five broad vegetation classes (closed forest, woodland, bushland, wooded grassland, and grassland) based on their vegetation characteristics (38 different Africover codes). Each of the five broad vegetation classes was assigned the same average annual woody biomass growth rates as used in the Ministry of Energy (2002) study to estimate Kenya's biomass supply. Africover spatial units (polygons) with mixed vegetation classes (e.g., cropland interspersed with 'natural and semi-natural vegetation') were weighed by the respective area contribution. For the final map, total woody biomass growth (from standing natural biomass sources) for each Africover polygon was divided by its total polygon area to obtain growth of biomass in cubic meters per square kilometer per year.


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Ministry of Energy (MoE). 2002. Study on Kenya's Energy Demand, Supply and Policy Strategy for Households, Small Scale Industries and Service Establishments, Final Report, September 2002. Nairobi: MoE and Kamfor Company Limited.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 2000. Africover Multipurpose Land Cover Databases for Kenya. Rome, Italy:FAO.

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License: Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)


Project: Ecosystem Service Mapping

Page Last Updated: August 19, 2016

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