Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Serengeti-Mara region, East Africa: Drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies (AfricanBioServices)
AfricanBioServices is a European Union-funded research project investigating ecosystem services in the greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in eastern Africa. The main aim of the project is to understand how ongoing climate change, human population growth and land use change affect biodiversity and human well-being, and use this information to derive novel solutions for future sustainable development.
- In WP1 we assemble and integrate the relevant data from Kenya and Tanzania for the region.
- In WP2, we quantify the connections between human population growth, land use change and biodiversity changes.
- In WP3, we analyse the consequences of climate change for key aspects of biodiversity in the region.
- In WP4, we empirically test the links between biodiversity and the core ecosystem services on which people in the region depend.
- In WP5, we quantify the dependence of human livelihoods on these ecosystem services.
- In WP6, we initiate innovative ways for communicating and disseminating the results of the project through a forward-thinking strategy of ‘continuous engagement’ with local stakeholders that has a proven track record of success.
- WP7 encompasses the project management and aims at achieving the objectives and milestones in a timely manner and to the highest possible standards.