Experimental Ecosystem Accounts for Uganda

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The experimental ecosystem accounts for Uganda presented in this report follow on from a recent publication which explored approaches to accounting for species-level biodiversity and a feasibility study of applications using existing data in Uganda. The accounts compiled respond to policy entry points for biodiversity and ecosystem related concerns in Uganda. The report describes the first attempt to rapidly develop the required underlying spatial-data infrastructure and the compilation of key ecosystem and biodiversity related accounts using the SEEA – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA) framework. The accounts compiled for Uganda concern land cover, ecosystem extent, three non-timber forest products (Gum Arabic, Shea butter tree nuts and Prunus africana) and two flagship mammals (Chimpanzees and Elephants) species. Collectively, these accounts provide significant insights into the state and trends in ecosystems and biodiversity for Uganda.
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