Forestry and livestock make use of GIS
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CTA. 1996. Forestry and livestock make use of GIS. Spore 63. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are now being brought into use in Africa having already proved their value in the North. Scientists in Mali are using a small scale GIS study to determine potential reserves of fuelwood in a forest in the...
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are now being brought into use in Africa having already proved their value in the North. Scientists in Mali are using a small scale GIS study to determine potential reserves of fuelwood in a forest in the south of the country Information, particularly relating to water, vegetation and soil, is available from aerial photographs and SPOT satellite images of the region. Also available is information on population distribution and fuelwood consumption as well as topographical and geological data. GIS are not only useful as an educational tool, they allow rapid preparation of maps and the opportunity to bring together, and combine within one system, data from a number of different sources. Among other results, the GIS survey has shown that despite drought, natural regrowth of the forest is significant. A project in Togo to conrrol trypanosomiasis in livestock is also based on GIS. The system is capable of delivering spatial geographical information. The data can be manipulated and interpreted to form the basis on which to devise disease control strategies appropriate for different areas of the country. Results obtained to date are very encouraging and show that the contribution of sophisticated technology can be of direct benefit to livestock owners. Foresterie: Yveline Poncet ORSTOM BP 2528, Bomako, MALI Livestock: G Hendrick and A Napala BP 1 14 Sokode TOGO