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West africa's savannah under change. sensitivity of the savannah in west africa to population change, cultivation change and climate change

Objective

WASAC is aiming at providing a common platform for understanding the stability of savannah region soils in relation to soil organic matter and emissions, nutrients and plant growth, different management types and the need for increased food production. This knowledge is essential for identifying the net carbon balance in terms of the Kyoto protocol.

In the project:
- existing data on carbon and gas emissions will be identified and collated;
- different plant covers will be considered as management options;
- effects of fertilizers and fires will be integrated with the vegetation concept;
- a data base will be established for savannah carbon and nitrogen data;
- a synthesis volume on soil carbon and gas emission will be produced;
- guidelines on sustainable management will be elaborated by topic groups;
- in two languages. The project is directly based on experience from bilateral cooperation and a EU contract.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Address
83,Solvgade 83 H
1307 Koebenhavn K/copenhaegen
Denmark

Participants (4)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Ulm 46
75230 Paris
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE
France
Address
Rue D'ulm 46
75230 Paris
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA
Spain
Address
Avenida Carlos Iii S/n
45071 Toledo
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI
France
Address
Quai Saint Bernard 7, Case A7 237
75252 Paris