Project period: 2009-2011
Main output: Developed a database of afforestation/reforestation as well as agricultural projects in Africa that contribute to carbon sequestration. http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/17094
World Agroforestry Centre are helping develop the scientific and technical evidence base for the Africa Biocarbon Initiative, led by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
COMESA is promoting climate change strategies that take into account the key role African agriculture can play in reducing emissions and increasing carbon stocks across the whole continent. It is estimated that 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from land-use with agriculture accounting for 14% of these. The biocarbon approach, which includes carbon stored in trees and vegetation, soil, dead leaves, and other organic matter, would reward countries that adopt agricultural systems that store carbon, are climate-resilient and increase productivity.
To support COMESA in its efforts to have African agriculture recognized as an activity that can help store carbon and reduce emissions, while benefitting hundreds and thousands of small farmers across the continent
The World Agroforestry Centre is working with a consortium of national, regional and international research institutions in Africa to
- Assess the distribution of current bio-carbon stocks in eastern and southern Africa, as well as the potential for further bio-carbon sequestration
- Develop a system of monitoring, measuring, verifying and reporting land degradation and deforestation;
- Create a data base of all forestry and agricultural carbon projects in eastern and southern Africa and document the best practices in community-based programmes
- Quantify the impact of conservation agriculture on food productivity and carbon sequestration in eastern and southern Africa
- Identify viable non timber forestry products and their suitable locations; productivity and value enhancement
- Disseminate these research findings within the consortium, and as recommendations to COMESA, as well to support COMESA in its efforts to put Africa’s biocarbon on the international agenda