Economic Valuation of Sustainable Rangeland Management Practices in Northern Kenya (SURAMA) is a one and half year collaborative project under the Economics of Land Degradrtion (ELD) initative, which was established in 2011 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the European Commission (EC). ELD is supported under the “Reversing Land Degradation in Africa through Scaling-up EverGreen Agriculture” in Kenya project, which is co-funded by BMZ and EC. The Initiative quantifies the costs of land degradation and sets out a universal approach for quantifying the economic benefits of SLM, providing answers to vital questions. These include: How high are the social and economic costs of land degradation? What are the short- and long-term benefits of applicable SLM approaches? What actions are needed to address the problem of land degradation effectively and efficiently, and what specific measures need to be implemented? The ELD Initiative highlights the value of SLM and provides an approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It helps decision makers better understand the overall costs and benefits when implementing policies and actions dealing with land, making economics of land management an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems. SURAMA project includes  University of Nairobi,  Stockholm Environment Institute; Laikipia University; and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Role: Principal Investigator/Team Leader

Project Duration: July, 2018 – December, 2019

College of Agriculture & Veterinary Science, University of Nairobi
African Dryland Institute for Sustainability , University of Nairobi