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Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Great Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem (GSME) - drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies

Objective

The direct dependence of humans on ecosystem services is by far strongest in developing regions where poverty restricts access to resources. This dependency also makes people in developing countries more sensitive to climate change than their developed counterparts. Increasing human populations deteriorates natural habitat, biodiversity and ecosystems services which spiral into poverty and low human welfare. This calls for innovative solutions that encompass the entire socio-ecological-economic system, as recognized on a global scale in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. However, innovative and practical solutions require downscaling to regional levels for identifying concrete sets of drivers of change. For Africa specifically, the interplay of human population growth, land use change, climate change and human well-being is a major challenge. This project focuses on the Serengeti-Maasai Mara Ecosystem and associated agricultural areas, a region in East Africa that encompasses parts of Kenya and Tanzania. The ecosystem is world-famous for key aspects of its biodiversity, such as the migration of 1.3 million wildebeest. This ‘flagship ecosystem’ role will enhance the international interest in the project. In this project, internationally leading researchers from Norway, the Netherlands, Scotland, Denmark and Germany are teaming up with strong local partners in Tanzania and Kenya. The research will be organised in seven interlinked work packages: 1) assemble and integrate the so far separate Kenyan and Tanzanian relevant data on the region; 2) quantify the connections between human population growth, land use change, climate change and biodiversity change; 3) test how biodiversity change leads to changes in key ecosystem services; 4) quantify the dependence of human livelihoods on these ecosystem services. We will implement innovative ways for communication and dissemination of the results of ‘continuous engagement’ by local stakeholders.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 940 745

Participants (12)

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 003 155
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 816 625
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TANZANIA WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 1 192 662,50
Address
Njiro Road Plot 213 Block A
Arusha
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 588 225
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 193 261
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
International Livestock Research Institute
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 258 687,50
Address
Old Naivasha Rd
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 201 620
Address
Dar Es Salaam
- Dar Es Salaam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 163 145
Address
Sokoine University Of Agriculture
Morogoro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 030 067,50
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 143 500
Address
Langata
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF DODOMA
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 155 875
Address
Chimwaga Complex Dodoma Municipality
255 Dodoma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND MINERAL RESOURCES
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 204 200
Address
Nhif Building, Ragati Road
Nairobi
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)