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WASCAL

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

  • Project PI
Vegetationsgeographie Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidtlein   

 

  • Project aim

It is evident that human impact is one of the most important factors in shaping vegetation patterns all over the world. Even though often aiming at an improvement of human life conditions, this impact can be utterly devastating in terms of natural resources. Our research aims at a better understanding of the tight links between human land use and vegetation responses - knowledge of crucial importance for developing sustainable land-use practices.

Currently, the working group is enganged in the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). This joint project aims at strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change. It pools the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. Within this framework our group focuses on the ecological state of rangelands and interactions between management practices, climate and provision of ecosystem services.

  • Run time

February 2011 - January 2014

  • Study areas

West-Africa (Ghana)

  • Staff

Jessica Ferner (PhD student)

Kristijan Čanak

Reginald Guuroh (PhD student)

  • Cooperation partners

ZEF
Rangeland Ecology Group, Cologne

  • Funding agency

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • Further information

 WASCAL web page

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