The Vision is to become a national focal centre of excellence in matters related to development of national Geo-spatial Databases on most renewable and non-renewable natural resources and environment for rapid decision-making and policy formulation.
The Mission is to promote sustainable development of Geo-spatial Information Databases while up-holding efficiency in its dissemination for purpose of alleviating poverty and supporting sustainable development.
The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) is mandated with the collection, storage, analysis, updating and dissemination of geo-spatial information on natural resources to facilitate informed decision-making for sustainable management of these resources with the major aim of alleviating poverty and environmental management. Data collected forms the basis for formulation of policies and development plans and help decision-making in various government ministries, and resource planning and management agencies.
The main objectives of the department are:
- To collect data on the numbers and distributions of livestock/wildlife and associated environment/ecological attributes in the Kenya Rangelands;
- To inventorize, map and monitor the vegetation and habitats of livestock/wildlife in Kenya;
- To undertake land cover/use assessment, mapping and monitoring (vegetation cover, forests, species composition, biofuel and land degradation);
- To develop early warning systems (EWS) for crop forecasting used in food security management and vegetation biomass productivity monitoring for range management
- To develop Land Information Management Systems (LIMS) from geospatial databases generated;
- Coordinate the application of remote sensing technology in Kenya
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) has a variety of up-to-date equipment and professional staff for resource surveys and mapping:
- Computers and software: – Data entry and analysis, map production, GIS and remote sensing laboratory.
- Air Service:- 2 Partenavia 168 and Cessna 208 (Carravan) aircraft for wildlife/livestock aerial census, low level reconnaissance flights and high level aerial photography – forest cover mapping, infrastructures and crop forecasting
- Cameras: – High level aerial photography, 35mm vertical and oblique photo cameras
- Tape recorders: – Aerial surveys of wildlife and livestock populations
- Global Position Systems (GPS): – Location mapping and sampling
- Fieldwork Vehicles: – Field sampling and ground truthings
- Herbarium: – Depository and inventory of plant specimens
- Library: – Books, technical reports and articles relevant to the department’s activities