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The criteria that were filtered out as unavailable are as follows:

  • Protected:
    • International
    • Categories I-VI
    • Uncategorized
  • Forest:
    • closed deciduous
    • Montane
  • Crops:
    • Cropland > 50%
    • Cropland woody

The unsuitable areas correspond to sandy deserts which are mainly located close to the Tana riverbanks.


The following social constraints have identified for Kenya:

Eldoret : The Rift Valley Province, especially the villages and small trading centres near Eldoret (0°30'54.86"N, 35°15'58.93"E), has been hard hit by the post-electoral violence in early 2008.

Hyrax Hill : This hill (1°35'N, 36°26'E) contains a cemetery and traces of domestic animals and ancient pottery from Neolithic occupation.

Kajiado : This region (1°51'7.45"S, 36°47'33.80"E) has experienced a land use conflict for 30 years. The conflict reflects ongoing competition over access to scarce land and water resources between herding, farming and wildlife.

Kanapoi : This is an area (1°32’ N, 36°09’ E) with traces from early human ancestors.

Lothagam : This area (2o54’ N, 36o02’ E) has a unique geological sequence and is known for its beauty. Moreover, evidence from hominids and hominoids ranging from 7 to 3,2 million years have been found there.

Tugen Hills : This site (probably 0°51’ N, 35°53’ E) preserves a long succession of fossiliferous sediments ranging in age from 10 millions to recent.

Turkana : This is a cultural area containing much cultural heritage. The most complete skeleton of Homo erectus was found in there, as well as the oldest workshop.



In order to easily locate the unsuitable areas in Kenya, it is recommended that you zoom in 150% and make the following layers disappear: perennial rivers, roads, railroads, international, categories I-VI, uncategorized, protected, montane, closed deciduous, forest, cropland > 50%, cropland woody, crops, unavailable and semi-arid.


For more information, please read the 2008 Task Report on Current Land Use Patterns and Impacts.