KENYAN BIODIVERSITY ATLAS PROJECT


African Conservation Centre was commissioned in 2012 by the Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities with support from DANIDA to be the lead organization to compile the Biodiversity Atlas and Web Portal of Kenya. Through a wide collaborative process, the Atlas and Portal aim to develop illustrative guides to Kenya’s biodiversity, to document Kenya’s natural capital; its biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports and to assemble the scattered and disparate datasets that exist across various institutions into a common integrated biodiversity database and atlas.



Further the healthy coexistence of people and wildlife, and conserve life-giving ecosystems.

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KENYA BIODIVERSITY ATLAS

The first Biodiversity Atlas of the Natural Capital of Kenya was launched on November 17, 2015 at a ceremony held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Atlas project, led and coordinated by the African Conservation Centre (ACC) brought together national agencies, universities, non-government organizations, and academic institutions to create a detailed assessment of Kenya’s biodiversity. This Atlas documents Kenya’s natural capital including its biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports and assembles the scattered datasets that exist across various institutions into a common integrated biodiversity database. Hard copies will be available at no cost to various agencies, research institutions and the general public.


Kenya’s Natural Capital Atlas

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Kenya’s Natural Capital Policy Briefs

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ACC Kenya Biodiversity Web Portal

KENYA BIODIVERSITY WEB PORTAL

To further increase availability of data, ACC is now working with a network of collaborators to develop a Kenya Biodiveristy Web Portal. This portal will be open access, and support data acquisition, storage, visualization, and analysis for a variety of uses while maintaining standards to facilitate data exchange and scalability for application in Kenya and East Africa.

ACC and its fundraising-arm, ACC-US, were the recipient of a JRS Biodiversity Foundation Grant for the creation of this Web Portal. Kenya is home to globally significant biodiversity that fortifies its economy and sustainability. Information about Kenya’s biodiversity has not been readily available to stakeholders who need it to synthesize biodiversity information and support decision-making for conservation action at local and national levels. African Conservation Centre brings together a network of collaborators to develop a web portal for biodiversity information that will increase data availability and public information access. The portal will share data from the soon to be published, Kenya National Biodiversity Atlas.

The JRS Foundation’s mission is to promote the understanding of biological diversity for the benefit and sustainability of life on earth.


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KEY OBJECTIVES & ACTIVITIES

Objective 1 — Determine key biodiversity datasets useful to support decision making processes.

Objective 2 — Develop web portal to consolidate

Objective 3 — Develop national and county level tools (Kwale and Kajiado Couties) for spatial visualization, analysis, and reporting.

Objective 4 — Outreach and training to build capacity among lead local agencies, ACC and National Museums of Kenya and by Map of Life and UPANDE to help teach web development skills and how to communicate with maps.

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PLANNED OUTPUTS & OUTCOMES

  • All biodiversity related data made available on the online portal for the Natural Capital of Kenya project.
  • Tools for mapping and analysis of the data will be developed for the priority target audience for download and application, hopefully reaching 200 registered users and 500 downloads.
  • Regionally the project will provide a use‐case and value proposition for creating and promoting regional biodiversity knowledge portals in Kajiado and Kwale.
  • Tools for engaging natural resource managers as well as citizens will be developed.
  • Training in biodiversity informatics for key staff through project partners.
  • Provide high quality information and data for research, policy development, management and planning in order to develop more effective means of sustaining Kenya’s biodiversity.
  • Increase the influence of biodiversity information in decision making processes and planning.
  • Increase the level at which people share what they know about biodiversity through information networks, making public access to the information more readily available and broadening the audience.
  • Additional counties may seek their own portals as well as partner agencies who volunteer to publish data and to provide financial support.

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