IMAS : Integrated Modeling and Assessment for Balancing Food Security, Conservation, and Ecosystem Integrity in East Africa
Colorado State University
African Wildlife Foundation; Colorado University; International Livestock Research Institute; Kenya Agricultural Research Institute; Kenya Department of Resources, Surveys and Remote Sensing; Kenya Wildlife Service; Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority; Ololepo Hills Grazing Association; Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute; Sokoine University; Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture; University of Dar es Salaam; University of Nairobi
M.B. Coughenour (Lead); Kathy Galvin (US)
The IMAS Project, evolving later into the GL-CRSP POLECY Project, developed an integrated modeling and assessment system integrating computer-modeling geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and field studies to provide information and understanding necessary to conserve biodiversity, wildlife, and ecosystem integrity, while increasing pastoral food security. The system was applied to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and Greater Amboseli Ecosystem in the Kajiado District in Kenya, and transmitted to use by policy makers throughout a number of NGOs and GOs in both countries, including Kenya Wildlife Service, the Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, World Bank, and the African Wildlife Foundation.