2010 START Grants for Global Environmental Change Research


Project Title: Assessing Soil-based Ecological Services and Opportunities to Sequester Soil Organic Carbon in Selected Watersheds of Ethiopia
Principal Investigator: Mr. Abebe Shiferaw, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), ETHIOPIA
Co-Investigators: Dr. Gete Zeleke, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), ETHIOPIA; Mr. Berhanu Debele, National Center of Competence in Research, ETHIOPIA; Prof. Hans Hurni, University of Bern, SWITZERLAND
Project In Brief: Study sites for the Soil Conservation Research Program were established in three watersheds in Ethiopia during the 1980’s. Soil and water conservation measures were implemented and have been continuously maintained since then. In this project, the long-term impact of those practices will be monitored, with special emphasis on conservation practices that reduce soil organic carbon (SOC) emissions. In addition, there will be an investigation of practices that can enhance carbon sequestration on sustainably managed lands. The findings of the research will be communicated among key stakeholders through training sessions and workshops in an effort to increase implementation of appropriate land management practices in Ethiopian communities. This project contributes to the Global Carbon Project of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

Click here to download the final project report.
Click here to download “Review on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Ethiopia to Mitigated Climate Change”.
Click here to download “Assessment of Soil-Based Ecological Services in Three Watersheds in Ethiopia”.
Click here to download “Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Land Management for Carbon Sequestration & Soil-based Ecological Services in Damot Sore (Wolyita), Southern Ethiopia”.
For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Abebe Shiferaw, a.shiferaw@cgiar.org

Project Title: Vulnerability assessment and risk level of ecosystem services for climate change impacts and adaptation in Moroccan oases
Principal Investigator: Prof. Mohammed Messouli, University Cadi Ayyad, MOROCCO
Co-Investigators: Dr. Lahouari Bounoua, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Biospheric Sciences, USA;
Dr. Abdelaziz Babqiqi, University Cadi Ayyad; MOROCCO
Project In Brief: Climate variability and climate change in the fragile landscapes of Southern Morocco impact the vulnerability of water resources. The goal of this research project is to assess risk levels of potential vulnerabilities that result from climate change at study sites in the Biosphere Reserve of Southeastern Moroccan Oases. This study will provide a quantitative assessment of the fresh water supply and its impact on agricultural production and the food security of the region. Climate change data will be monitored using climate models and satellite data including NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). A web-based data archive will be developed, and a national stakeholder workshop will be held as part of the National Communication on Climate Change managed by the Department of the Environment of Morocco. This project contributes to the Global Water System Project of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

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For more information about this project, please contact Prof. Mohammed Messouli, messouli@gmail.com

Project Title: The impact of environmental change on ecosystem services supporting human livelihoods: the case of Okavango River channel flows and Boteti River, Botswana   
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gagoitseope Mmopelwa, Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC), BOTSWANA
Co-Investigators: Prof. Cornelius Vanderpost, Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC), BOTSWANA; Prof. D.L. Kgathi, Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC), BOTSWANA
Project In Brief: Botswana’s Okavango Delta provides crucial ecosystem services that support various livelihood activities. However, within the Okavango wetland, some river channels have dried up, resulting in adverse impacts on water-dependent livelihoods. This study is designed to map the extent of current and previous channel desiccation, as well as the likelihood of future channel desiccation, and to learn how affected communities adapt to channel desiccation. This project contributes to the Global Water System Project of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

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For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Gagoitseope Mmopelwa, gmmopelwa@orc.ub.bw

Project Title: Strengthening the capability of communities and local institutions in Southern Africa to respond to climate change through land use changes
Principal Investigator: Prof. Henry Raphael Mloza-Banda, University of Malawi, MALAWI
Co-Investigators: Dr. Caxton Matarira, University of Lesotho, LESOTHO; Dr. Musa Dube, University of Swaziland, SWAZILAND
Project In Brief: This project will combine the resources of scientists from three countries, each of which has distinctive farming traditions, water resources, topography, and environmental challenges. This project is designed to:

  • enhance the management of landscapes by using sustainable techniques of conservation agriculture and soil and water conservation methods,
  • support target stakeholders by giving them knowledge and skills to take direct action to limit the adverse effects of climate change on agriculture, and
  • create networks to promote farmer awareness of methods for climate risk management at the farm and landscape levels to enhance capacity to adapt to climate change.

This project contributes to the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems Project of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

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For more information about this project, please contact Prof. Henry Raphael Mloza-Banda, mlozab@yahoo.co.uk



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