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Potential natural vegetation (PNV) is defined here as "vegetation that would persist under the current conditions without human interventions". As such, it can be considered a baseline or null model to assess the vegetation that could be present in a landscape under the current climate and edaphic conditions, including conditions created or altered by man.

The map is based on a reconstruction of the pre-colonial vegetation using historical national and local vegetation maps in combination with input from leading experts and an extensive literature review. The assumption is made that the pre-colonial vegetation represents a close approximation of the current PNV. For more information, see the documentation that accompanies the PNV map.

The potential natural vegetation (PNV) map of eastern and southern Africa covers the countries Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The first version of the map was developed by various partners in East Africa and Europe in 2010 and has now reached version 2.

The map is available in different formats and is accompanied by an extensive documentation of the floristic, physiognomic and other characteristics of the different vegetation types and useful woody species in the 8 countries.

It is complemented by a species selection tool, which can be used to 'find the right tree for the right place' and potential distribution maps of the useful woody species that occur in eastern Africa.

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Potential natural vegetation (PNV) map is defined here as "vegetation that would persist under the current conditions without human interventions". As such, it can be considered a baseline or null model to assess the vegetation that could be present in a landscape under the present climate and edaphic conditions, including conditions created or altered by man.

The map is based on a reconstruction of the pre-colonial vegetation using historical national and local vegetation maps in combination with input from leading expert and an extensive literature review. The assumption is made that the pre-colonial vegetation represents a close approximation of the current PNVs. For more information, see the documentation that accompanies the PNV map.