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The Upper Tana River Catchment (UTRC) in central Kenya plays a critical role in Kenya’s economy. UTRC supply water to over 17 million people, generate hydropower, support agriculture (farming, fishery and livestock) and wide range of biodiversity, including biological food resources. However these services are currently being lost due to ecosystem degradation as a result of unsustainable human activities coupled with adverse effects of climate change.

In order to preserve these ecosystem services and improve local livelihoods in UTRC there is urgent need to provide biophysical information that can be used to monitor success in biodiversity, water and soil conservation intervention in the region.

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