Land Use Change Impacts (LUCID) is a network of scientists from leading national and international institutions who are working together to solve land-use problems in East Africa.
The studies are focused on land use change and its implications for land degradation, biodiversity, and climate. While scientific exchange and research have been ongoing for many years, LUCID network was formally established in the year 2000.
The LUCID network seeks to generate and provide the best available information on land-use change and natural resources to local, national and regional policy makers and to the development community, as well as to scientists concerned with global environmental change.
LUCID researchers are engaged in field studies, data collection and qualitative analysis, and modelling at a variety of scales (field, household, landscape, district, nation, region). They combine ground process knowledge and analytic skills to generalize processes of environmental change across broader scales and over a longer time periods.
LUCID’s major institutional partners included the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Bordeaux 3 in France, Michigan State University in the United States, University of Nairobi, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, National Museums of Kenya, United Nations Environment Programme, and African Wildlife Federation.
The “Land Use Change Analysis as an Approach for Investigating Biodiversity Loss and Land Degradation” project, was funded by United Nations Environment Programme – Global Environment Facility (UNEP-GEF) and other donors. It is an umbrella for various research activities occurring in sites across East Africa, and at the East Africa regional level.
The general goal is to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and prevention of land degradation by providing useful instruments to identify and monitor changes in the landscape associated with biodiversity loss and land degradation, and identify the root causes of those changes.