Learning to Manage the Land Sustainably With Climate Change Mitigation Co-benefits: Lessons from the 'Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Mitigation Co-benefits' project.


CBP Tools at Work

Argentina, Bolivia and Peru

The Gran Chaco Project

The Global Environment Facility's 'Sustainable Forest Management in the Transboundary Gran Chaco Americano Ecosystem' project aimed at mitigating and decreasing soil and forest degradation in the Great Chaco ecosystem. The project used the CBP tools to estimate the imapacts of varying sustianable forest and land management options in pilot sites across the Gran Chaco.  You can watch a video all about this highly sucesful project or read the project report.


Restoration of Saline Land

The CBP tools have been used to explore the potential climate change effects of introducing Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum L. - a woody shrub with edible berries), on degraded saline land in Gansu Province, China (Wang et al. 2015). Dr Wang estimated that introducing wolfberry could have a carbon benefit of 2.9 t CO2 equivalents  per hectare, per year in addition to helping restore the degraded land and providing  a source of income for local farmers. This is high compared to the alternative scenario of the land remaining bare and degraded. This particular example also used the CBP’s socio-economic tools to look at the costs and social implications of introducing wolfberry alongside the carbon benefits and found that wolfberry production could be a cost and carbon effective option for Gansu province.

Read the full paper -

Yaolin Wang, Chuanyan Zhao, Quanlin Ma, Yingke Li, Hujia Jing, Tao Sun, Eleanor Milne, Mark Easter, Keith Paustian, Hoi Wen Au Yong, John McDonagh (2015) Carbon benefits of wolfberry plantation on secondary saline land in Jingtai oasis, Gansu - A case study on application of the CBP model. Journal of Environmental Management 157, 303-310


The Productive Saftey Net Program

The CBP tools were used to estimate the climate change mitigation potential of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).  Since 2005, PSNP has been introducing sustainable land management practices in sites across Ethiopia, aimed at enabling food security. A co-benefit of the program has been increased carbon stocks in soils and biomass and a reduction of GHG emissions.  This project, coordinated by Cornell University estimated that the mean carbon benefit of all PSNP sites was 5.7 tonnes CO2e ha-1 yr-1. “Extrapolating these results to the whole of PSNP’s 600,000 ha of already-established area enclosures would imply that a total carbon benefit in the order of 3.4 million t CO2e yr-1 has already been achieved by PSNP.” Read the full report.

Net greenhouse gas fluxes from project sites with (“food security intervention”) or without (“business-as-usual”) PSNP (Woolf et al. 2015)

Visit the CURRENT ACTIVITIES page to read about ongoing CBP work in Ethiopia.