Livelihood Diversifying Potential of Livestock Based Carbon Sequestration Options in Pastoral and Agropastoral Systems in Africa

Published on 30 January 2012

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Start Date: 1 April 2011 | End Date: 31 March 2014


The objectives of this agreement are to:
1. Estimate the carbon sequestering potential of rangelands taking advantage of existing long-term livestock and rangeland management experiments and assess the potential of avoiding carbon emissions by decisions on land-use and livestock management.

2.Explore adaptive livestock management options to sequester and avoid emissions of carbon from rangelands through collaborative research with local livestock keeping communities in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

3. Assess the effects of changes in livestock and rangeland management on GHG emissions and land surface albedo.

4. Synthesize the research, combining the impact of livestock and rangeland management practices aimed at sequestration and avoidance of carbon emissions while taking taking into account the combined radiative forcing of GHG emissions and albedo, and assess the potential of PES scenarios to diversify pastoral livelihoods.

The aim of these Carbon studies is to collect information on soil and land surface characteristics for experimental sites and larger areas in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. This work will be done so as to

i) Assess the impact of grazing and fire on soil Carbon stocks, and

ii) Sample soil Carbon and land surface characteristics to allow production of maps revealing spatial variation on soil Carbon across a larger area.


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