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Table 3 Herder scouts and ecologist's assessments of the Afar 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 suitability3 (GS) dLandscape grazing potential4 (LGP) Conditione Trendsf WC GPg Degradationh
Diktaa Boora Raasa Black Dry Camels-high High for all species Fair Stable Heavy Kaffiin isoole baaroi But resilient
     Goats-high    WC < 20%   
Dadaamo Koma Rocky Wet Goats-moderate Moderate-goats Poor Downward invasive sp. expanding Heavy Aboroiti baaro j
     Camels-low    WC > 40%   This land would require heavy investment
Adoptili Hududo White Wet Low for all species High Very poor Downward Zero herbaceous cover Aboroiti baaro
        WC 70% Prosopis   Requires heavy investment
Intiasso Daale-Raasa Black with pebbles Wet Camels-low High Poor Downward Very heavy Aboroiti barro
     Goats-low    Invasive sp.   Requires heavy investment
Hunda halaidi Dalle-Raasa Black with pebbles Wet/dry High for all sp. High Excellent Stable Light Andarhaarra k
  1. aClassified by the iddo scouts.
  2. bClassified by an ecologist and by iddo scouts.
  3. cRated by the iddo scouts.
  4. dIbid.
  5. eJointly rated by ecologist and the iddo scouts on the survey team.
  6. fRated by the addi scouts; woody cover estimated by an ecologist.
  7. gGrazing pressure (GP).
  8. hJoint rating by iddo scouts and an ecologist.
  9. iSlight; the landscape has dry grass cover of 20-30%.
  10. jDegraded of herbaceous layer.
  11. kExcellent condition; the area is a buffer zone between two conflicting groups.
  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.