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Understanding and combating desertification to mitigate its impact on ecosystem services

Objective

UNDESERT aims at combatting desertification and land degradation in order to mitigate their impacts on ecosystem services, and following on human livelihoods. The West African region is central for understanding desertification and degradation processes, which are already severe and widespread as a consequence of climate change and human impact. An improved understanding of the effects of desertification and degradation processes is obtained on a local to regional scale by integrating remote sensing information with sound field data on biodiversity and soil as well as socioeconomic and climate data. On this basis decision support models and tools will be developed and introduced to natural resource managers. UNDESERT also includes two very practical aspects, 1) restoration through tree plantations, which will be certified for CO2 marketing as the first restoration site in West Africa, 2) ecosystem management based on scientific data and best practices developed in close collaboration between scientists and local communities. As a demand driven project, UNDESERT activities will be implemented by employing 17 young PhD students, who will receive training to enhance future capacities to manage risks and uncertainties in the frame of future demographic and climatic changes. The scientific results will be used to combat desertification and degradation directly and will be transferred to international programs in order to contribute to the implementation of relevant international strategies, initiatives and commitments of the EU and African countries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 026 347,50
Administrative Contact
Emilia Sumari Alegria (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITE ABDOU MOUMOUNI DE NIAMEY
Niger
EU contribution
€ 276 577,60
Address
Rive Droite Universite Abdou Moumouni
10896 Niamey
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ali Mahamane (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR
Senegal
EU contribution
€ 323 605,60
Address
Avenue Martin Luther King
- Dakar Fann
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bienvenu Sambou (Prof.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 538 928
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mareike Schmitt (Ms.)
SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 351 760
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Georg Zizka (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE OUAGA I PROFESSEUR JOSEPH KI-ZERBO
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 276 167,20
Address
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03 Ouagadougou 03
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adjima Thiombiano (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE POLYTECHNIQUE DE BOBO-DIOULASSO
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 236 074,40
Address
Universite Polytechnique De Bobo- Dioulasso Presidence De L Universite Po Box 1091
01 Bobo Dioulasso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mipro Hien (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE D'ABOMEY-CALAVI
Benin
EU contribution
€ 276 156,80
Address
Campus Universitaires D Abomey
01 Abomey Calavi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brice Sinsin (Prof.)
BIOCLIMATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 761,60
Address
Liberton Brae 18 B Tower Mains
EH16 6AE Edinburgh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wendelin Aubrey (Ms.)