Project: Role Of Biodiversity In Climate Change Mitigation

Acronym: 
ROBIN
Runtime: 
01.11.2011 to 31.10.2015
Status: 
on-going project
Programme: 
Framework Programme 7
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Tropical forests provide us with foods, fibres and medicines, they filter water and control its flow. They also 'soak up' carbon dioxide from the air, mitigating climate change. The REDD+ programme (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) seeks to encourage sustainable forest management, thus maintaining ecosystem services, increasing resilience to climate change and conserving forest carbon stocks.

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.
ROBIN delivers: • 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 [...]

Organisations and people involved in this project.

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

(United Kingdom)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Dr. SIMPSON Ian

Website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1524 595820

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EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA

(Brazil)

Contact person: Dr. MARTORANO Lucieta Guerreiro

Website: http://www.embrapa.br

Phone: +55-9132041185

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GUYANA FORESTRY COMMISSION

(Guyana)

Contact person: Ms. BHOLANATH Pradeepa

Website: http://www.forestry.gov.gy

Phone: +592-2267272

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INSTITUTO BOLIVIANO DE INVESTIGACION FORESTAL ASOCIACION

(Bolivia)

Contact person: Dr. TOLEDO Marisol

Website: http://www.ibifbolivia.org.bo

Phone: +591-33411171

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INSTITUTO DE ECOLOGÍA, A.C.

(Mexico)

Contact person: Dr. EQUIHUA Miguel

Website: http://www.inecol.edu.mx/

Phone: +52-2288421846

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MINISTERIO DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE Y RECURSOS NATURALES

(Mexico)

Contact person: Dr. SCHMIDT Michael Frank

Website: http://www.conabio.gob.mx

Phone: +52-5550043172

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POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

(Germany)

Contact person: Dr. BOUNAMA Christine

Website: http://www.pik-potsdam.de

Phone: +49-3312882659

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STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Dr. PÉREZ-SOBA Marta

Phone: +31-317481934

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UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO

(Mexico)

Contact person: Dr. MAASS José Manuel

Phone: +52-4433222701

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UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

(Spain)

Contact person: Prof. LEÓN Gonzalo

Website: http://www.upm.es

Phone: +34 91 336 6048

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UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT

(Austria)

Contact person: Dr. SINGH Simron Jit

Website: http://www.uni-klu.ac.at

Phone: +43-15224000337

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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Dr. POORTER Lourens

Website: http://www.wageningenuniversiteit.nl/uk/

Phone: +31-317486216

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