|Title||Restoration of degraded lands in Africa|
|Group||Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group|
|Supervisor(s)||FEM group: Madelon Lohbeck
World Agroforestry Centre: Leigh Winowiecki
|Examiner(s)||Prof.Dr. F.J.J.M (Frans) Bongers|
|Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ; http://www.wur.nl/en/Persons/Madelon-Lohbeck.htm|
|Description||Thesi or internship
Restoration of degraded lands in Africa. What is the role of trees and their functional traits? In collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi Kenya (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/). You will make use of existing multi-scale data on landscape degradation and vegetation recordings following the 'Land Degradation Surveillance Framework' data. This will be complemented with functional trait data- both from the literature (desktop study- Nairobi ICRAF headquarters) and from fieldwork (exact location to be specified later). These data will be used to statistically analyze the effect of trees and their functional traits on land health and to imply restoration strategies from these.
Project is part of the project 'Restoration of degraded land for food security and poverty reduction in East Africa and the Sahel: taking successes in land restoration to scale'
keywords: Biodiversity and functional diversity/ Forest restoration and succession / Ecosystem services / Agroforestry/ Africa /Tropical zone
|Used skills||functional trait measurements, vegetation surveys, statistical analyses (regression, mixed models)|
|Requirements||FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I; FEM 22803 Agroforestry|