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A vegetation map for eastern Africa

The map of potential natural vegetation of eastern Africa, gives the distribution of potential natural vegetation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi and Zambia. The map distinguishes 48 vegetation types, divided in four main vegetation groups: 16 forest types, 15 woodland and wooded grassland types, 5 bushland and thicket types and 12 other types. Furthermore, a number of compound vegetation types are mapped, which include vegetation mosaics, catena's and transitional zones. The current version is 2.0. The map is available in various formats, listed below. Before using the maps, please consult the terms of use.

Web-based maps

View the interactive online map in your browser and quickly find out more about the natural vegetation (in the whole region or in the protected areas only) and its species for any location. Click here


Maps in mobile format

Bring the map with you in the field and know the natural vegetation where ever you are. Download the map for use on your favorite mobile map viewer - Click here.


Map on Google Earth

Explore the the vegetation map on Google Earth and find out more about the distribution of the potential natural vegetation and its species across the landscape. Click here .


GIS data layer

If you need the map as raster and vector layers for use in your favorite GIS (geographic information system) please fill in the request form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. On the form, we ask you to provide a brief explanation of the intended use and the area for which you need to map, which will help us to better understand how the map is being used. For a list all data available from this site, please see our Data overview page.


Documentation

Learn more about the floristic, physiognomic and other characteristics of the potential natural vegetation types in the 7 volume FLD series or the country atlases (Click here).


Maps in mobile format


Bring the map with you in the field and know the natural vegetation where ever you are. Download the map for use on your favorite mobile map viewer (Click here).

Web-based maps


View the interactive online map in your browser and quickly find out more about the natural vegetation and its species for any location (Click here).

Map on Google Earth


Explore the the vegetation map on Google Earth and find out more about the distribution of the potential natural vegetation and its species across the landscape — only for desktop

GIS data layer


If you need the map as raster and vector layers for use in your favorite GIS (geographic information system) please fill in the request form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Documentation


Learn more about the floristic, physiognomic and other characteristics of the potential natural vegetation types in the 7 volume FLD series or the country atlases (click here).