Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394

Full Length Research Paper

Land use cover and environmental changes in a semi-arid rangeland, Southern Kenya

  John Kioko* and Moses M. Okello  
School for Field Studies, Center for Wildlife Management Studies, P. O. Box 27743 – 00506, Nairobi, Kenya.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 October 2010
  •  Published: 30 November 2010



To understand the environmental changes within the Amboseli ecosystem, satellite image based analysis of land use cover changes and interviews with landowners were conducted. Satellite imageries for 1976 - 2007 were analyzed for change in land use cover. Interviews focused on the changes and trends in range condition, their causes and consequences. Wetlands used for dry season grazing by for both wildlife and livestock have significantly reduced in the last 30 years due to irrigated cash crop farming. The majority of landowners had noticed a downward trend in rangeland health. To read sustainable management of the rangelands, there is need for active involvement of the local community in resolving the rangeland degradation problem. This should be coupled with regional land use planning with the local people as the key custodian.


Key words: Land use change, pastures, satellite imagery, range condition.