We are involved in some longer term projects and collaborations
with amongst others the University of Copenhagen (UC), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Forest Ecology & Restoration
Lab (FERL). In addition, there
are projects that have finished, but for which outputs are made
available here. For more information see below.
Information portal to support conservation, vegetation
restoration and agroforestry
With the World Agroforestry Center, the Copenhagen University
and various national partners in eastern Africa, we developed an
portal with tools and information to help farmers, foresters
and others to 'find the right tree for the right place'. It
furthermore provides baseline information to help conservationists
and land use planners to identify priorities for future
conservation and land use activities. For more information, see the
Water use and productivity in agricultural and livestock
Given the rising temperatures and more erratic rainfall patterns
projected in many regions in the worlds, more effective overall use
of water is going to be essential to improve future food security
and to enhance agro-ecosystem health.
We provided a basin-wide spatially explicit assessment of
livestock water requirements and productivity for the CGIAR
Challenge Program on Water & Food. This was part of an effort
to identify opportunities to increase livestock water. Read more
A atlas of the natural vegetation of Ethiopia
We have a long-standing collaboration with Prof. Ib Friis,
Professor emeritus at Biosystematics of the Natural History Museum
of Denmark and Prof. Sebsebe Demissew at the National herbarium of
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University on the mapping of the potential
natural vegetation in Ethiopia. One of the early outputs was the
atlas of the natural vegetation of Ethiopia in 2010, a well
received and now widely used standard work based on decades of
fieldwork of above-mentioned scientists. We are currently working
on further improvements of the atlas and our knowledge on the
vegetation and tree species of Ethiopia. Read more ...
A atlas of the natural vegetation of southwest Kenya
There is a growing interest of farmers, local governments and
NGOs to grow indigenous tree species to provide timber, fruit,
watershed protection, biodiversity and other services previously
provided by forests. But information on tree species for certain
areas has not been readily available - that is, until now.
Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya and
the Danish Centre for Forest and Landscape Planning (FLD) adapted
old vegetation maps into easy-to-use decision support tools to help
identify the best indigenous trees to grow on farms. Read more ...
Consequences of climate change for livestock production
systems and options for adaptation and mitigation. An example of a
review we did for the Near East.
Agriculture in the Near East is likely to suffer losses because
of high temperature, droughts, floods and soil degradation
threatening the food security of many countries. Livestock
producers in the Near East have traditionally adapted to
environmental and climate changes. Increased human population,
urbanization, economic growth and a growing consumption of
livestock products have made those coping mechanisms less
effective. Livestock producers need new technologies, training and
technical support to deal with climate change.
For the regional office for the Near East of the Food and
Agricultural organization (FAO) of the United Nation, we provided
an review of the state of
knowledge on climate change in the Near East and potential impacts
on agriculture. The report furthermore elaborates on options for
adaptation and mitigation measures in different livestock
production system in the region.
Interested in collaboration or want to know more about how we
can help you with your project? Let us know on!