Kimana wetlands in Kenya near the Tanzanian border that have been recently converted to agricultural use.
The Vetenskapsrådet (VR, Swedish Research Council) in association with Sida and Formas has funded a multiyear project titled ‘Adaptation & Resilience to Climate Change‘ that runs parallel and has overlapping focal areas to the REAL project. The grant forms part of the VR/Sida/Formas Sustainability and resilience – Tackling climate and environmental change research programme. The project is lead by Paul Lane at Uppsala University and involves Anneli Ekblom (Uppsala University), Linus Munishi (Nelson Mendela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha), and Rob Marchant (York). Claudia Capitani (NM-AIST and Univeristy of York) and Colin Courtney-Mustaphi (Uppsala University and University of York) will be spearheading new projects, participatory events, and outreach components in the coming years focused in and around northwest Tanzania, including Serengeti National Park.
The project has multiple phases:
1) collation of published and new palaeoenvironmental and archaeological datasets from northwest Tanzania as an extension of the PAGES Global Landcover6k initiative.
2) participatory stakeholder workshops to identify local drivers of change and future trajectories
3) a modelling framework for projecting future land use and land cover changes.
We are now in the planning phase to delimit knowledge gap regions for new palaeoenvironmental and archaeological datasets useful to multiple scientific disciplines (social sciences, modern ecology, landscape geomorphology) and to define stakeholder and public locations for participatory mapping and assessment of local trajectories of landscape change. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in workshops or for collaborating in overlapping projects!