Valuing the transboundary wildlife landscapes of East Africa
Anchor was appointed to identify, delineate and value the wildlife and ecosystem services of four large-scale transboundary wildlife areas straddling six countries in East Africa. We delineated four areas in conjunction with stakeholders from the region, and then devised detailed land cover maps based on a combination of land cover data, NDVI data and vegetation maps. We reviewed and mapped populations, land tenure and management systems. We then estimated and mapped the supply and use of ecosystem services including 9 categories of provisioning services, tourism value, flow regulation, water quality amelioration, sediment retention and pollination. Following the baseline description, we also made projections of how pressures and ecosystem services would change over the next thirty years, which was used to produce a policy document on “The Cost of Inaction”. This was part of a larger USAID-funded study led by Environmental Incentives which also included dissemination of policy materials.