Useful Tree Species for Africa
Type of tool
How to use it:
Download Google Earth.
Download the file "Africa_Vegetation_2012.kmz" from the link worldagroforestry website (see links) and open the file.
Open Google Earth and you will see in "Places" the "African Vegetation" Interactive Map options.
Choose between the two interactive layers:
(i) the vegetation layer is linked to descriptions of mapping units, vegetation types and species composition for each vegetation type (this layer is transparent)
(ii) the physiognomic layer is linked to descriptions of physiognomic vegetation types such as forest, woodland or bushland (this layer is coloured).
For seven countries in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia), we developed a higher resolution vegetation map that has similar utilities. This map (and species selection tools) is available from: http://www.vegetationmap4africa.org/
Please download the PDF Guide
Please take the time to read the documents listed under ‘More information’, in particular to learn about some of the limitations of the tool.
Guidelines for using the tool (http://www.worldagroforestrycentre.org/downloads/africamap/Suggestions%2...)
Suggestions for selecting tree species for a particular site and purpose (http://www.worldagroforestrycentre.org/downloads/africamap/Suggestions%2...)
How the Useful Tree Species for Africa tool was created and updated in 2012 (http://worldagroforestry.org/sites/default/files/AfricaVeg_Main_2012.pdf)