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Table 2 Herder scouts and ecologist's assessments of the Orma rangelands at landscape scale

From: Harnessing pastoralists' indigenous knowledge for rangeland management: three African case studies

Transect name Landscape classificationa Soil indicatorb Season of grazing cGrazing suitability1 (GS) dLandscape grazing potential2 (LGP) Conditione Trendsf WC GPg Degradationh
Moye Buya Guyo Wayaama Red soil Wet Goats-High Low-cattle Moderate 25%--Stable VHi Threat high But resilient
Qote Jijiga Omaara sala j Gray Dry Cattle-high High-cattle Good 50% VH Threat high but resilient
     Goats-low   Fair Declining Bare ground -80%  
     Reduced by bush encroachment      
Onmirti Omaara-adhi k White Wet/dry Cattle-high High-cattle Poor Declining, invasive sp. WC 30% VH Threat high
         Bare ground 60% But high resilient
Komora Jiila Omaara-adhi White Wet/Dry Cattle-high High-cattle Moderate Stable H Threat moderate
     Goats-moderate    WC no change Bare ground 30%  
Bura-Komora Biiy-boora Dark soil Wet Only camels Low Poor Declining, WC 50% Bare 80% Threat high
  1. aClassified by the abuuru scouts.
  2. bClassified by the abuuru scouts.
  3. cRated by the abuuru scouts.
  4. dIbid.
  5. eJointly rated by ecologist and the abuuru scouts on the survey team.
  6. fRated by the abuuru scouts and woody cover estimated by ecologist.
  7. gGrazing pressure (GP) assessed by the abuuru scouts.
  8. hJoint rating by abuuru scouts and ecologist.
  9. iVery high (VH).
  10. jThe oomaar soil of the Oryx (saala).
  11. kWhite oomaar landscape with gray soils showing the presence of limestone
  12. GS, grazing suitability; LGP, landscape grazing potential; WC, woody cover; GP, grazing pressure; VH, very high; H, high. The indigenous words are explained in the text.