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Peat carbon management
Peat carbon management
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Forest carbon stocks in woody plants of Tara Gedam Forest: Implication for climate change mitigationType:PublicationPublication date:
The overall objective of this study was to estimate the carbon stock potentials of Tara Gedam forest, Ethiopia, as potential sink for climate change mitigation. Forest plays an important role in the global carbon cycle as carbon sinks of the terrestrial ecosystem. The data was collected from the field by measuring plants with a DBH of >5cm and the carbon stocks of each plant were analysed. The highest carbon stock was found in the western aspect and the lowest in northwest aspect.
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In Central America, one of the major changes in land use is the conversion of natural vegetation to crops (mainly to grazing lands). The practice of slash and burn agriculture has led to a decline in soil quality through nutrients depletion, organic matter reduction and soil erosion. Land degradation problems and desertification have increased with climate variability. Climate change represents an additional threat that could affect a country"s ability to meet urgent demands for rural development--food security included.
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Produced for the Development and Mitigation Forum in Cape Town, January 2014, this paper presents an economic assessment of energy poverty and climate change mitigation in Ghana. The paper summarises the current state of energy use, related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy poverty, and mitigation, and estimates their likely trends and subsequent future impacts.
Fact sheet. Project: Alternative energy sources and efficient utilizatio n of biomass energy to reduce depletion of carbon sinks and improve livelihoods in rural areas of TanzaniaType:PublicationPublication date:
The project was implemented in Lingeka and Nyanza villages in the Meatu District, Shinyanga region. The main goal was to improve livelihoods for poor rural households, with a special focus on women. The core problem addressed was the lack of reliable and clean energy for lighting and inefficient use of biomass for heating and cooking. Women and girls are the most affected by indoor air pollution and burden of collecting firewood. The project addressed the problem by introducing solar home lighting systems (SHS) and energy efficient stoves.
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These guidelines, jointly developed by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), are intended to provide general guidance to scientists, planners and managers in their efforts to design, connect, manage, assess and adapt marine protected areas (MPAs) and MPA networks to be resilient to climate change at national and continental scales.