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Land use land cover change and ecosystems

Land use land cover change and ecosystems (LUE)

Landscape management is associated with major challenges and opportunities throughout West Africa. It is also critical in this region where much of the rapidly growing population heavily depends on ecosystem products and services. SERVIR West Africa currently deploys an Artisanal Mining (Galamsey) Monitoring Service, a Charcoal Production Site Monitoring Service, and services supporting the harmonization of regional land use/land cover classification schemes and Land Use/Land Cover (LU/LC) for local development planning in Burkina Faso.

 During 2022-2027, SERVIR West Africa will continue to emphasize sustainable landscapes, bringing existing services to maturity and developing new ones. SERVIR will move beyond the provision of descriptive LULC products to the analysis of the impacts of land cover change and land use through the integration of economic valuation via environmental goods and services, and value chain analyses of these goods and services. Further progress will be made in the integration of the Restoration Opportunities Analysis Methodology (ROAM) that was applied in Ghana and Burkina Faso during the previous phase of SERVIR WA implementation. The LUE service area is led by the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS, Accra, Ghana).