Detailed land use planning for agricultural improvements requires, amongst other inventory data, good information about the soils. Part of the study of the potential of the Bichena area was the soil survey. The soil map will soon be displayed here. Currently, only some of the soil profile descriptions ('soil pedons') are available here. Entry is ongoing.
After small-scale reconnaissance surveys (examples: precipitation, temperature), the next step for land evaluation and land use planningis a detailed survey of the natural ressources (climate, soils, agro and socioeconomy, infrastructure) to assess the potential and need of the area (land suitability, carrying capacity etc). In this example of 'Bichena' (project phase 2) soils were described spatially by soil mapping units. The land evaluation models were carried out through the GILES database and GIS software. (Source: Soils in Bichena, by J.Venema, FAO).Another soil pedon map: Soils of Borkena area