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Science et changements planétaires / Sécheresse

Range and animal production in the arid lands of East Africa Volume 17, issue 1, Janvier-Juin 2006

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  • Key words: arid zone, rangelands, pastoralism, savanna, wildlife, tourism, East Africa
  • Page(s) : 105-32
  • Published in: 2006

The arid lands of East Africa occupy about the same area size as the Sahel. These cover huge parts of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and the northernmost fringe of Tanzania. East African rangelands, however, differ profoundly from those of the Sahel with regard to climate (two annual rainy seasons), geology (volcanism), geomorphology, elevation (up to nearly 6,000m) with a large highlands component, soils, vegetation and its productivity, and a strong wildlife component within the animal production systems, hence the economically important derived turism resource.