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This page provides a little more detail about the links to our sponsors provided in the header above.

  • The project was mainly funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) via its Livestock Production Programme (LPP). The LPP is one of ten research programmes funded by the Rural Livelihoods Department of DFID and is managed by NR International. The LPP funds, manages and promotes research aimed at improving people's livelihoods through livestock. SAGS is LPP Project R6984, titled Environmental variability and productivity of semi-arid grazing systems. The project was retitled

    Environmental variability and productivity of semi-arid grazing systems Environmental Variability Phase 2 R6984 / R8476 / ZC0291

    for a final year of funding which has enabled development of this detailed help system in order to deliver the model as independent end-user software.

  • The content of this project is the intellectual copyright of the development team.

  • Two of the three key researchers are affiliated with the University of Edinburgh.

  • RockDirect computer manufacturers were most generous in offering one of their wonderful high performance machines at a reduced price because they recognized the value of our project.

  • The Wildlife Conservation Society along with the Eastern Steppes Biodiversity Project (ESBP) applied SimSAGS to investigate the effects of infrastructural development, livestock practices by Mongolian pastorialists and poaching on the survival of the Mongolian Gazelle.

  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) applied SimSAGS to questions of livestock and wildlife conflicts for Maasai pastoralists near Nairobi National Park.

  • The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) applied SimSAGS to predict livestock grazing patterns in resource-poor farms suffering high levels of soil erosion leading to silt deposition onto the Great Barrier Reef.

  • The SimSAGS GIS engine is adapted from Pedro Pereira Gonçalves' inovaGIS. Muchas gracias Pedro.

Thank you to all of the above and any inadvertantly and regrettably omitted contributors to the SAGS decade. It has been a long and prosperous crawl.