Current Projects

Current Projects

Our current research is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from land use change, such as deforestation and agricultural expansion, while enhancing potential for people to improve their livelihoods and the local resource base on which they depend. ASB is working at the interface of science and policy, evaluating how international-level agreements can be translated into appropriate policies and incentives to change behaviour on the ground.

REALU: Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses
Trees outside forests matter for climate change. A broad-based approach of Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) can lead to greater emission reductions and larger benefits for local people.
The Africa Biocarbon Initiative
ASB is helping to build the scientific evidence base for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)'s initiative to promote the potential of African agriculture to store carbon and contribute to global climate objectives, while also benefitting local farmers. 

REDD-ALERT ("Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Land-uses in the Rainforests of the Tropics") brings ASB partners together with leading European research institutions to develop policy options that link international commitments for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD-plus) with locally-appropriate policies and incentives that create sustainable social and ecological benefits.

Opportunity Costs of Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits
ASB is developing and dissemminating new methods for understanding the economic benefits that farmers must give up in order to protect forests, in order to calculate the costs of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).
Support to REDD+ negotiators and land managers
Building negotiation and policy capacity, based on sound science and exchange knowledge between Asia, Africa and Latin America.

REDD Countries Database
The REDD Countries Database is a centralised and collaborative database of the diverse and rapidly evolving range of ongoing REDD activities in tropical forest owning nations.