ACES: Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands

Lead PI
Dr Genevieve Patenaude
Institution
University of Edinburgh
Start Date
1 June, 2013
End Date
29 March, 2017
Project Code
NE/K010395/1

Background:

ACES examines how woodland loss is changing ecosystem services and the wellbeing of the rural poor in Mozambique. It aims to integrate this information in to land use policy and practice to alleviate poverty in the country.

It is likely that gradual land-use change can cause abrupt changes to rural livelihoods, but the key ecological and social processes involved remain opaque. There is a clear need for empirical evidence on the impacts of land-use change on rural wellbeing. ACES will provide this by moving beyond the existing literature which describes how the rural poor rely on woodlands, towards an integrated understanding of the socio-ecological processes at play.

Our approach will inform debate and policy formulation that will directly influence the expansion of commercial agriculture, intensification of small-holder agriculture, rural development, and the likely trade-offs in management of woodlands for food, energy, timber, carbon and biodiversity.

Further information:

 

Name Role Organisation Country
Dr Gen Patenaude Mozambique
Dr Gen Patenaude Lead Principal Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Luis J. Artur Co Investigator University Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique
Dr Romana Bandeira Co Investigator University Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique
Dr Janet Fisher Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Isla M. Grundy Co Investigator University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Mr Duncan Macqueen Co Investigator International Institute for Env and Dev United Kingdom
Professor Patrick Meir Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Marc J. Metzger Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Isilda da Conceicao Joao Nhantumbo Co Investigator International Institute for Env and Dev United Kingdom
Professor Lennart Olsson Co Investigator Lund University Sweden
Dr Jean Pierre Ometto Co Investigator Centro de Gestão de Pesquisa, Desenolvimento e Inovação Brazil
Dr Patricia Pinho Co Investigator University of Sao Paulo Brazil
Professor Natasha Ribeiro Co Investigator University Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique
Professor Mark Rounsevell Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Casey Ryan Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Almeida Alberto Sitoe Co Investigator University Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique
Dr Nicholas Berry Researcher Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr James Paterson Researcher Co Investigator University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Dr Frank Vollmer Research Associate UoE United Kingdom
Dr Emily Wollen Research Associate UoE United Kingdom