Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Original research article
25 Nov 2021
Original research article |  | 25 Nov 2021

Assessing soil and land health across two landscapes in eastern Rwanda to inform restoration activities

Leigh Ann Winowiecki, Aida Bargués-Tobella, Athanase Mukuralinda, Providence Mujawamariya, Elisée Bahati Ntawuhiganayo, Alex Billy Mugayi, Susan Chomba, and Tor-Gunnar Vågen

Data sets

Biophysical baseline assessment in eastern Rwanda using the LDSF Leigh Ann Winowiecki; Aida Bargués-Tobella; Athanase Mukuralinda; Providence Mujawamariya; Alex Billy Mugayi; Minani Vedaste; Lambert Musengimana; John Thiongo Maina; Tor-Gunnar Vågen

Short summary
Achieving global restoration targets requires scaling of context-specific restoration options on the ground. We implemented the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework in Rwanda to assess indicators of soil and land health, including soil organic carbon (SOC), erosion prevalence, infiltration capacity, and tree biodiversity. Maps of soil erosion and SOC were produced at 30 m resolution with high accuracy. These data provide a rigorous biophysical baseline for tracking changes over time.