Project properties

Title Restoration of degraded lands in Africa
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Madelon Lohbeck
World Agroforestry Centre: Leigh Winowiecki
Examiner(s) Prof.Dr. F.J.J.M (Frans) Bongers
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Begin date 2017/02/01
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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 ( 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'

Start: flexible

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