ALTER: Alternative Carbon Investments in Ecosystems for Poverty Alleviation

Background:

Throughout the world, soil degradation impacts on the health, wealth and well-being of rural people in many different ways. Soils have a key supporting role in maintaining agricultural yields, water availability, water quality, resources for grazing animals and other ecosystem services. 

ALTER aims to demonstrate the benefits for wide scale poverty alleviation by tackling soil degradation, from field to landscape, by carrying out studies in Ethiopia and Uganda, bringing together natural scientists, social scientists - along with local communities and decision makers - to improve our understanding of how human-environment linked systems respond to incentives and other change. 

The project is an international consortium between The James Hutton Institute (UK), University of Aberdeen (UK), Hawassa University (Ethiopia), The Ethiopian Government's Southern Agricultural Research Institute (SARI, Ethiopia), Carbon Foundation for East Africa (CAFEA, Uganda) and the International Water Management Institute (Nile Basin & Eastern Africa Office, Ethiopia).

Further information:

Project website

Authors: Bansal, V.; Tumwesige, V.; Smith, J.
Year: 2015
Authors: Bradford, M.A.; Wood, S.A.; Bardgett, R.D.; Black, H.I.J.; Bonkowski, M.; Eggers, T.; Grayston, S.J.; Kandeler, E.; Manning, P.; Setälä, H.; Jones, H.
Year: 2014
Lead Principal Investigator
Organisation: James Hutton Institute
Country: United Kingdom
Principal Investigator
Organisation: Carbon Foundation For East Africa
Country: Uganda
Principal Investigator
Organisation: Southern Agricultural Research Institute
Country: Ethiopia
Principal Investigator
Organisation: International Water Management Institute
Country: Ethiopia
Principal Investigator
Organisation: University of Aberdeen
Country: United Kingdom
Principal Investigator
Organisation: Hawassa University
Country: Ethiopia
Co Investigator
Organisation: Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Country: United Kingdom
Project Management
Organisation: James Hutton Institute
Country: United Kingdom
Researcher Co Investigator
Organisation: Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Country: United Kingdom
Researcher Co Investigator
Organisation: Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Country: United Kingdom
Researcher Co Investigator
Organisation: Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
Country: United Kingdom