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14. Februar 2024

Forest patch Mbangasinna Cameroon, 17.05.2023
Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

Stakeholder Conference: Sustaining Forests in Agricultural Landscapes of West and Central Africa

The Land System and Sustainable Land Management Unit of the Institute of Geography is organising a conference on its SUSTAINFORESTS research project. A group of researchers from the Unit undertook a six-month field research in Tropical forest patches, spread across the rainforest and savannah zones of Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Cameroon. The emerging research findings will be presented and discussed with a cross-section of government officials, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and students, among other social actors. The conference will connect issues on ecological conditions, livelihoods, governance, and climate change mitigation, in explaining why some forests persist while others degrade and what future pathways could sustain these forests. Link
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 101001200).

1st May – 3rd May 2023

Spatial Narratives – Installation

9 February 2023


Global rooting zone water storage capacity und rooting depth

How much water does vegetation have access to? This information is key for understanding and simulating drought impacts, but largely unknown. A new paper by Benjamin Stocker and colleagues [link] estimates this quantity from remote sensing data with global coverage. See also here.

8 February 2023


Global wetland loss

How much wetland cover has been lost globally through conversion to human uses? What are the loss drivers & hotspots? Answers in a new paper: Link
by Fluet-Chouinard, E., Stocker, B.D., Zhang, Z. et al.