Mapping in Uganda

Land use system

Land Use Systems Map of Uganda

The use of land is the main driver of land degradation. After a planning and data collection phase in collaboration with the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI NELSAP), LUS workshops started 18 November to 3 December 2010 at the GIS centre of the National University of Rwanda (CGISNUR) in Butare with 2 participants experienced in GIS. Further to that, a validation phase was undertaken in 2012- 2013.

More on the LUS preparation procedure

Land degradation and SLM mapping

This identification builds on baseline information regarding land degradation (LD) and sustainable land management (SLM) at a geographical scale and undertaken through the LADA-WOCAT Questionnaire for mapping. The LD and SLM maps are built using the land degradation assessment in drylands (LADA) method including two phases:

  1. the definition of the units of assessment by building the Land Use Systems (LUS) maps adapted for the use at the Kagera watershed scale and
  2. the use of the LADA-WOCAT questionnaire for mapping (QM). The participatory assessment of LD and SLM was undertaken in Masaka, Uganda in January 2012. A validation workshop was organized January 2013.
Best practices against biological degradation
Total degradation index
Trend in the LUS change intensity

The LUS and QM maps were validated both through field visits conducted in 2012 by national and international experts and by comparison with other maps and satellite images. Also, experts participating at the QM participatory assessment were requested to analyze and provide feedback on the map quality.  During the second workshop was both LUS and QM quality was assessed.

LUS Map authors

Dennis Babaasa


Ernest Uwayezu


Grace Nangendo


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