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