Vegetation map for eastern Africa 2.0

Check out the new vegetation map and accompanying tools for identifying and selecting the right tree for the right place in eastern Africa at

The potential natural vegetation (PNV) map of eastern and southern Africa covers the countries Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The first version of the map was developed by various partners in East Africa and Europe in 2010 and has now reached version 2.

The map is available in different formats and is accompanied by an extensive documentation of the floristic, physiognomic and other characteristics of the different vegetation types and useful woody species in the 8 countries.

The new map was launched yesterday at the XIV World Forestry Congress. ‪#‎Forests2015‬


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A wealth of knowledge on biological diversity at your fingertips

I love this website of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Through this website, a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries have made available the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections. Continue reading “A wealth of knowledge on biological diversity at your fingertips”

Should you georeference your scientific data?

As Jeff Thurston writes in his blog, a strong case can be made for spatially enabling scientific research. This is especially true for biological / ecological research as biological processes occur across different scales. It certainly would make it that much easier to re-use or complement existing data. Not only would it facilitate collaboration amongst researchers, it would also help ‘end-users’ to find information that is relevant to them. Continue reading “Should you georeference your scientific data?”