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Harmonization of regional land use/land cover classification systems

Harmonization of regional land use/land cover classification systems

Mapping land use and land cover is not new to the region.   Over the years, a variety of classification systems and methodologies have been employed.  The rapid growth in the availability of high resolution multi-spectral satellite imagery and advances in computation capacity.   This growth in science and technology has not necessarily been matched by a clear understanding of the decision-making context in which the science may be applied.  Many LU/LC efforts have not been designed and deployed with the input of decision-makers at the outset.  Scientists and the technical community who analyse land use and land cover bemoan the lack of understanding and the uptake of their products. Multiple classification systems are being applied throughout West Africa for a variety of different needs and at different scales of resolution.  These systems often are not interoperable nor consistent across national boundaries.  In spite of regularly articulated demand, no single classification system has been adopted across West Africa and is not likely to happen soon, and a means for cross-referencing these systems has not been developed.  This has resulted in the inability to aggregate data across the region for national and regional reporting.  It has also resulted in difficulties of increasing the scale to address local needs.

Agriculture and food security (AFS)

Agriculture is the base of the economy of West Africa, which, as the World Bank asserts, provides livelihoods for most of the vulnerable population..

Land use land cover change and ecosystems (LUE)

Landscape management is associated with major challenges and opportunities throughout West Africa..

Water and water-related disasters (WRD)

Water scarcity and excess are the major constraints to sustainable livelihoods in the Sahel and West Africa. They usually result in floods and droughts..

Weather and climate (WAC)

West Africa is prone to high variability in seasonal weather. This is exacerbated by climate change, which increases the severity and frequency of this variation. Traditional means..

Financial instruments (FIS)

Financial Instruments (FIS) is a new service area proposed by SERVIR West Africa for 2022-2027 to build EO services that leverage stakeholders’ access to financial resources across..


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