Outcomes and Impact

This assessment and mapping will contribute to the overall project goal of Improved Upper Tana Catchment Ecosystems that Support Livelihoods, Food Security and Economic Development through:

  • supporting conservation by providing scientific evidence through biodiversity assessment and informing on ecological integrity of wetland sites
  • providing specific information that can inform protection of an area/ecosystem while also contributing to livelihoods when that information is useful for activities like marketing an area for tourism and other development initiatives, thus contributing to economic empowerment
  • influencing behavior change in natural resource exploitation as evidence and knowledge of biodiversity loss through human activities can persuade Upper Tana farmers to change what they do
  • enhancing food security measures through knowledge provision particularly on fungi and mushrooms that can be consumed directly while at the same time be used to make organic fertilizers that has fungi and therefore more suitable for increasing land productivity
  • health information provision by mapping disease vectors in wetlands particularly presence of snails and mosquitos that carry diseases. This can be confirmed by comparing the locations and health records in the area to determine prevalence of diseases caused by the mentioned vectors.