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Increasing livelihood through use of adapted crop varieties—case study from a semiarid region of East Kenya
ABSTRACT Livelihood status, smallholder farming, and climate change are directly interconnected in sub-Sahara Africa. Simulations predict that yields of main crops will decrease and will be
East African coastal forest under pressure
The Arabuko Sokoke dryland coastal forest along the East African coastline provides a unique habitat for many endangered endemic animal and plant species. High demographic pressure with subsequent
Documenting the chronology of ecosystem health erosion along East African rivers
Pristine tropical ecosystems are currently suffering under extreme demographic pressure. This has led to habitat destruction and disturbances, an important precondition for the invasion of exotic
Behind the fog: Forest degradation despite logging bans in an East African cloud forest
Abstract Habitat destruction and deterioration are amongst the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Increasing demand for agricultural products, timber and charcoal has caused the rapid destruction of
Drones for butterfly conservation: larval habitat assessment with an unmanned aerial vehicle
This combined data set consisting of field observations, high resolution aerial pictures taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle, and models underline that species with complex life cycles may request more than one habitat niche, depending its stage of development, and high resolution Aerial images taken from drones provide valuable background data to generate habitat suitability models.
Real-world complexity of food security and biodiversity conservation
Abstract Feeding the booming human population and at the same time conserving biodiversity is a global challenge. Yet, it is particularly acute in developing countries where biodiversity is high and
Assessing the relationship between land tenure issues and land cover changes around the Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Kenya
Land as an essential resource is becoming increasingly scarce due to population growth. In the case of the Kenyan coast, population pressure causes land cover changes in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest,
A Kenyan endemic bird species Turdoides hindei at home in invasive thickets
The data show that the invasive L. camara thickets (even small patches with high edge-size ratio) are a suitable surrogate habitat for the Kenyan endemic for T. hindei, and suggest to establish an interconnected network of thicket patches, as the high mobility of the species allows persistence in such patchy environments.
Kenyan endemic bird species at home in novel ecosystem
Habitat suitability models underline the relevance of L. camara as suitable surrogate habitat for all understoreyed bird species, but also show that the clearance of thickets has led to a vanishing of large and interconnected thickets and thus might have negative effects on the population viability in the long run.
Mark-release-recapture meets Species Distribution Models: Identifying micro-habitats of grassland butterflies in agricultural landscapes
This study shows synergies arising when combining ecological data with high precision aerial pictures and Species Distribution Models, to identify micro-habitats for butterflies, and suggests that this approach might be suitable to identify and conserve high quality habitats, and to improve nature conservation at the ground.