ASEC-Dryland-ForestsProject reference: 328075
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Avoiding the socio-ecological collapse of remnant evergreen forests in drylands: the case study of northern Kenya
Total cost:EUR 221 154,6
EU contribution:EUR 221 154,6
Topic(s):FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF - Marie-Curie Action: "Intra-European fellowships for career development"
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEFSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
One in five people in the world live in already degraded or desertification-prone drylands. Evergreen remnant forests in drylands provide essential livelihood resources to surrounding communities. However, these type of forests remain understudied and over-exploited. Predicted climatic changes and trends in population growth will negatively affect the ecological functioning and ecosystem service (ES) delivery of these already fragile ecosystems. Therefore, there is an urgent need to better understand and manage these ecosystems.
ASEC-Dryland-Forests, focused on three forests in northern Kenya, will provide new information key for understanding and improving the management of these type of ecosystems. ASEC-Dryland-Forests will combine remote sensing data, meteorological and water availability time-series data, ground measurements (forest structure, carbon), local perceptions of importance, value, availability and change of ES (participatory approach), modelling and novel state-of-the-art methodologies from the fields of ecology, conservation science and socio-economics to (1) identify, measure and value the ES provided by the forests; (2) reveal the inter-relationship between isolated forests, climate and water at a local scale; (3) determine if current ES use is sustainable; and (4) develop management strategies for future sustainability.
ASEC-Dryland-Forests is a highly interdisciplinary project which will generate information of wide relevance for the sustainable use of natural resources in dryland pastoralist communities both in Africa and in similar environments worldwide. The relevance and the high scientific quality proposed will benefit the EU not only by generating new knowledge and publications in high-profile scientific journals which will contribute to the enhancement of EU scientific excellence, but also by contributing to EU commitments within International treaties such as the Combat Desertification Agreement and the Millennium Development Goals.
EU contribution: EUR 221 154,6