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Land Cover Atlas of Lesotho

Year published: 11/04/2017

Land degradation is a dominant landscape feature in Lesotho. It is mainly caused by overgrazing, deforestation and other poor land use practices, and limited access to agricultural technologies. Management and inherent problems of soil fertility influence the productivity of both arable land and rangelands. In this situation, high resolution land cover information is one of the most useful sources of information for decision makers and technicians involved in environmental and rural development in the country. Land cover is an indication of both physical and socio-economic resources. The project seeks to answer the needs of the country on agriculture, food security and environment issues.