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UK Research and Innovations (2010)

Managing land for carbon in southern Africa : relationships between carbon, livelihoods and ecosystem services

Carbon Livelihoods Ecosystem

Titre : Managing land for carbon in southern Africa : relationships between carbon, livelihoods and ecosystem services

Pays/Région : Afrique Australe ( Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi )

Durée : juil. 10 - janv. 11

Référence projet : NE/I003320/1
Catégorie : Research Grant

Résumé partiel
Deforestation and land degradation contribute significantly to human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. How land is used and managed is therefore vital in determining how much carbon is stored or released into the atmosphere. Payment systems encouraging particular land uses and land management practices that help to store organic carbon in soils and vegetation are becoming increasingly popular. However, little is known about the risks and gains this produces for the environment, particularly in terms of its ability to support food production, nor how it could affect the livelihoods of the poor. This lack of knowledge is especially apparent in dryland and sub-humid systems, as much more attention has focused on tropical forests, even though poverty problems are often less acute than in sub-Saharan Africa where this project focuses. Assessing the risks and gains of managing land for carbon is an urgent challenge that requires the cooperation of a large team, working across traditional disciplinary and sectoral boundaries. As such, this proposal has been developed by a multidisciplinary group of natural and social scientists with expertise from across 4 southern African countries, supported with inputs from international, policy, private sector and Non-Governmental Organisation partners. The aim of the project is to hold a planning and capacity building workshop in Namibia in September 2010, which will refine and develop research ideas on the topic of ’managing land for carbon’. We will focus on study areas in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi. These countries include a range of different land use systems, and encompass parts of sub-Saharan Africa in which poverty remains an important challenge.

Lead Research Organisation : University of Leeds

Financement : Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Budget  : £44 890

UK Research and Innovations

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