Current Activities

The linked CBP/WOCAT tools are being used to estimate GHG impacts in sustainable land management practices in the FAO's CACILM2 project. The overall objective of the CACILM2 Project is to scale up integrated natural resources management (INRM) in drought prone and salt affected agricultural production landscapes in the Central Asian countries and Turkey.

The CBP team are currently carrying out GHG assessments and training through the UNEP GEF’s ‘Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Mitigation Co-benefits (SLMCCMC) project’. Activities include the following:

The CBP team and The University of Bern have linked the CBP tools to the WOCAT database of sustainable land management technologies. WOCAT is a global network on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) that promotes the documentation, sharing and use of knowledge to support adaptation, innovation and decision-making in SLM. WOCAT is recommended by the UNCCD. To date a select number of WOCAT projects can be directly imported into the CBP tools, this is being expanded to allow new WOCAT projects to routinely carry out a GHG assessment. Keep checking the NEWS page for updates.

Ecuador and Peru

The GEF project ‘Multiplying environmental and carbon benefits in high Andean ecosystems’ worked in conjunction with the SLM CCMC project to estimate carbon stocks and stock changes in the unique ecosystems found in the high Andes, including forests, non-forests and peatlands.  The CBP tools were used to investigate the potential carbon impacts of up-scaling SLM practices to the landscape scale in the high Andes in Ecuador and Peru with a view to informing land management decisions in the future. Results were featured in a the UNEP publication "Voices from land: Restoring soils and enriching lives" (see pages 46 - 55).

Ethiopia

In Ethiopia staff of the IFAD GEF project ‘Community-Based Integrated Natural Resources Management Project (CBINReMP)’ are using the CBP tools to estimate the GHG impacts of sustainable land management activities in the Lake Tana Sub-basin. The project is working to restore degraded land, increase the productivity of agricultural land, improve food security and increase carbon sequestration in the Lake Tana area.

 

 

Western Kenya

The CBP tools are being employed in Western Kenya in the AGRA/KALRO project ‘Scaling up sustainable land management and agro-biodiversity conservation to reduce environmental degradation in small scale agriculture in Western Kenya’. The project builds on AGRA/KALRO’s earlier (2009 to 2013) projects conducted in western Kenya on Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practices. The CBP tools were used to determine the climate change mitigation potential of some of the SLM interventions piloted in the previous projects, before they were scaled up. The tools are now being used to track GHG impacts. Learn more: Western Kenya SLM

South Africa

UNDP GEF project ‘Securing multiple ecosystems benefit through SLM in the productive but degraded landscapes of South Africa’ is working in the Karoo, the Albany thickets and the Olifants catchments in South Africa. Dr Rebecca Powell from the project is using the CBP tools to estimate the impacts of climate smart land/ecosystem rehabilitation activities in two sites. In the first site, Machubeni, the project is restoring degraded grazing lands and has introduced conservation agriculture in smallholdings and gardens. This could lead to net carbon sequestration of 2958 t CO2e over five years for the 6673 ha site. The second site is in the Baviaanskloof part of the unique Albany Thicket Biome. Here the project is working to restore native vegetation which has a high potential for carbon sequestration. Dr Powell has used the  CBP tools estimate thicket restoration could lead to sequestration of 0.28 t CO2e ha-1 yr-1 as thicket re-establishes. Learn more: Two sites in the Eastern Cape