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GIS-based optimal localisation of beekeeping in rural Kenya

Gimenez Cruz, Damian LU (2016) In Master Thesis in Geographical Information Science GISM01 20152
Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Abstract
A Geographic Information System (GIS) based multi-criteria site suitability evaluation provides the means to locate potential beekeeping areas in rural Kenya. The criteria considers specific environmental and socio-economic variables. The resulting suitability maps analyse several locations where environmental variables aim to favour the location of beekeepers close to protected areas and forests, while socio-economic variables target isolated villages, and small farmers.
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A Geographic Information System (GIS) based multi-criteria site suitability evaluation provides the means to locate potential beekeeping areas in rural Kenya. The criteria considers specific environmental and socio-economic variables. The resulting suitability maps analyse several locations where environmental variables aim to favour the location of beekeepers close to protected areas and forests, while socio-economic variables target isolated villages, and small farmers.
Fostering beekeeping helps the development of a sustainable economic activity that could help the locals to preserve the natural forest. As a non timber forest product (NTFP) honey production can be used as an alternative source of income, and a deterrent to extractive... (More)
A Geographic Information System (GIS) based multi-criteria site suitability evaluation provides the means to locate potential beekeeping areas in rural Kenya. The criteria considers specific environmental and socio-economic variables. The resulting suitability maps analyse several locations where environmental variables aim to favour the location of beekeepers close to protected areas and forests, while socio-economic variables target isolated villages, and small farmers.
Fostering beekeeping helps the development of a sustainable economic activity that could help the locals to preserve the natural forest. As a non timber forest product (NTFP) honey production can be used as an alternative source of income, and a deterrent to extractive unsustainable practices. Moreover, this study aims to contribute with poverty alleviation, and therefore targets small poor rural communities where beekeeping could be a sustainable economic activity, and an important contributor to household income. Therefore, those variables are also relevant to the assessment of potential areas for honey production.
Hence this study provides a tool and a method to acquire a broad scale (National, Province level) understanding of which locations in rural Kenya fulfil the criteria for beekeeping. In order to identify these potential areas the study considers many relevant variables. This broad scale perspective serves as a preliminary overview of potential locations.
Decision making with help of a GIS-based Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
Furthermore, this research aims to provide an alternative methodology for the location of beekeepers in rural Kenya at a primary stage. The objective of the method is to aid bee-honey retailers organizations with a GIS-based Multi Criteria Evaluation (MCE). The GIS-based MCE will enable these organizations to have a quick overview of the potential areas for beekeeping in rural Kenya considering specific variables. For the case of this research those factors are socio- economic and environmental. (Less)
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author
Gimenez Cruz, Damian LU
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organization
course
GISM01 20152
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
forest conservation, beekeeping, multi-criteria decision analysis, Physical Geography and Ecosystem analysis, GIS, poverty alleviation, rural Kenya
publication/series
Master Thesis in Geographical Information Science
report number
45
language
English
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8564723
date added to LUP
2016-01-21 16:34:41
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2016-01-21 16:34:41
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  abstract     = {A Geographic Information System (GIS) based multi-criteria site suitability evaluation provides the means to locate potential beekeeping areas in rural Kenya. The criteria considers specific environmental and socio-economic variables. The resulting suitability maps analyse several locations where environmental variables aim to favour the location of beekeepers close to protected areas and forests, while socio-economic variables target isolated villages, and small farmers.},
  author       = {Gimenez Cruz, Damian},
  keyword      = {forest conservation,beekeeping,multi-criteria decision analysis,Physical Geography and Ecosystem analysis,GIS,poverty alleviation,rural Kenya},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis in Geographical Information Science},
  title        = {GIS-based optimal localisation of beekeeping in rural Kenya},
  year         = {2016},
}