COMESA ICRAF Science Workshop

March 26th, 2010

On Monday 29 March, scientists from 14 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa will come together in Mombasa, Kenya for a “COMESA ICRAF Science” workshop to address the role of sustainable agriculture, forestry and agroforestry in the fight against climate change in Africa.

These experts are expected to determine research priorities and next steps for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) and agriculture in the region. Although there is significant potential for African nations to participate in carbon markets,thanks to carbon-rich forests and improved agricultural management, the continent still lags behind Asia and Latin America in the number of projects on the ground. The Africa Bio-Carbon initiative, led by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), seeks to boost commitments and investments in sustainable agriculture,forestry and agroforestry for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Scientists will share and validate knowledge on the state of biocarbon projects in Africa, and national capacities to monitor, report and verify emissions reductions. The workshop will advise COMESA on research priorities and next steps. Scientists will also get first-hand information and experience by visiting the Rukinga REDD project, which is unique in Kenya for reducing emissions from deforestation and providing alternative incomes to local communities.

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