To realise the full potential of tropical forests in climate change mitigation (CCM) & the provision of other ecosystem services in the face of ongoing global change we must improve our understanding of the relationships between biodiversity (BD) and the socio-ecological processes through which we respond & adapt to change.
ROBIN will provide information for policy & resource use options under scenarios of socio-economic & climate change to: quantify interactions between terrestrial BD, land use & CCM potential in tropical Latin America; develop scenarios for CCM options by evaluating their effectiveness, unintended effects on other ecosystem services (e.g. disease mitigation) and their socio-ecological consequences.
PROJECT GOALS:The key question for ROBIN is: How can we manage biodiversity and land use in Latin America to mitigate climate change without unintended consequences for other ecosystem services and people?
The specific objectives are to:
1) Quantify the role of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems in South and Mesoamerica in mitigating climate change
2) Quantify local and regional interactions between biodiversity, land use and climate change mitigation potential and the delivery of other key ecosystem services
3) Evaluate the socio-ecological consequences of changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services under climate change
4) Evaluate the effects of current climate change mitigation policies and actions on ecological and socio-economic conditions
5) Analyse the impacts of alternative land-use scenarios (and other mitigation options) aimed at maximising climate mitigation potential while minimising loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and avoiding undesirable ecological and socio-economic effects and
6) Provide guidance on land-use planning and other climate change mitigation options such as low carbon strategies and bio-fuel production.
We will achieve this by combining new techniques (including remote sensing) for BD assessments in complex multi-functional landscapes, data-based analyses, integrated modelling & participatory-driven approaches at local & regional scales.
Case studies along a gradient of sites in Mesoamerica and Amazonia will be used to develop understanding of the relationships between BD & CCM options & feed policy development. These studies will improve understanding of the options favourable to stakeholders & barriers & drivers affecting adoption of resource management strategies.
• Quantify interactions between terrestrial biodiversity, land use and climate change mitigation (CCM) potential in tropical Latin America.
• Develop scenarios for CCM options by evaluating their effectiveness, unintended effects on other ecosystem services and their socio-ecological consequences.
• Combine new technologies (including remote sensing) for biodiversity assessments in complex multi-functional landscapes, data-based analyses, integrated modelling and participatory-driven approaches at local and regional scales.
• Work at regional and landscape scales, using a gradient of field sites across Latin America
• Improved understanding of the role of biodiversity in climate change mitigation; participatory-driven strategies & tools for climate change mitigation; assessments of the risks & uncertainties associated with climate change mitigation options.
• Strategies and tools for climate change mitigation.
• Assessments of the risks and uncertainties associated with climate change mitigation options.
The main impact of the work will be improved outcomes from climate change mitigation strategies as well as biodiversity protection measures by providing natural resource managers in Latin America with guidance on how biodiversity & ecosystems can be used in climate change mitigation without creating new problems.
We will provide improved indicators for biodiversity relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity & the design & implementation of REDD+/++ schemes, to ensure increased storage of carbon in forests & multi-functional landscapes & decreased rates of biodiversity loss.
This innovation is the result of the project
Title: Role Of Biodiversity In Climate Change Mitigation
Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.
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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Role in project: Project Coordination
Contact person: Dr. SIMPSON Ian
Phone: +44 1524 595820
EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA
Contact person: Dr. MARTORANO Lucieta Guerreiro
GUYANA FORESTRY COMMISSION
Contact person: Ms. BHOLANATH Pradeepa
INSTITUTO BOLIVIANO DE INVESTIGACION FORESTAL ASOCIACION
Contact person: Dr. TOLEDO Marisol
INSTITUTO DE ECOLOGÍA, A.C.
Contact person: Dr. EQUIHUA Miguel
MINISTERIO DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE Y RECURSOS NATURALES
Contact person: Dr. SCHMIDT Michael Frank
POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG
Contact person: Dr. BOUNAMA Christine
STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Contact person: Dr. PÉREZ-SOBA Marta
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Contact person: Dr. MAASS José Manuel
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Contact person: Prof. LEÓN Gonzalo
Phone: +34 91 336 6048
Contact person: Dr. SINGH Simron Jit
Contact person: Dr. POORTER Lourens