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The socio-ecology of land use intensification.


Photo by Peter Hargreaves.

You can see a (nearly) full list of projects on the Edinburgh Research Explorer here.

Currently keeping us busy:

Key past projects:

  • ACES: Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands? A large ESPA funded project, looking at how livelihoods change as land is converted from woodland to agriculture in Mozambique. ACES has its own website here .
  • SHAMBA. A simple model for carbon accounting in small holder carbon payment schemes. Used by some Plan Vivo certified projects.
  • Streamlining Monitoring for Smallholder and Community PES (SMS-PES) looking at how “best” to monitor the benefits of payments for ecosystem services projects. We looked at this from several angles including scientific accuracy, the values of the buyers of the service, and the social implications of different types of monitoring. This project was led by IIED. See the ESPA page for more details.
  • A grant from IIED and the WWF Luc Hoffmannn institute supported us to apply a novel methodology to quantify current deforestation and forest degradation in southern Africa (Ryan et al, 2012; McNicol et al 2018, Nature Comm.)
  • iREDD+ (Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks), an EU project looking at the impacts of reducing emissions from deforestation in SE Asia. We focused our work on swidden agriculture and its intensification, as well as the conversion to rubber plantations, all in Northern Laos.
  • A project in Tanzania collaborating with The Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative. We developed new methods for rapid carbon stock assessment, with the goal of fusing community-based ground measurements with satellite monitoring. The work also includes the development of a VCS methodology to assess the impact of switching from a late-burning to an early-burning fire regime, including quantifying the impacts on woodland biomass.



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