Mitigation of climate change

Advancing carbon sequestration through agroforestry to enhance livelihoods while mitigating climate change

Agroforestry systems have the potential to store high amounts of carbon in the landscape, but the schemes currently being negotiated to provide incentives for carbon storage exclude agricultural landscapes.

The World Agroforestry Centre is building up a knowledge base to overcome obstacles to the inclusion of agroforestry in such schemes. This includes working to develop a system for measuring and monitoring the carbon benefits of improved practices in agricultural landscapes and creating policy and institutional links between smallholder farmers and carbon markets.

We are involved in the deliberations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and provide research results for use by major development agencies and NGOs.

A major emphasis of our work is on capacity building and policy guidance for developing country climate negotiators. We are also working to ensure smallholders, women and other disadvantaged groups will be able to engage with carbon markets.

Carbon Benefits Project
In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, Colorado State University, World Wildlife Fund and other collaborators, this project is working across Africa, Asia and South America to develop a standard and reliable method for accurately measuring, monitoring, reporting, and projecting how much carbon each kind of land use system is storing. It makes use of the latest remote sensing technology and analysis, soil carbon modelling, ground-based measurement, and statistical analysis. This development has the potential to provide farmers, conservationists, communities and land owners with access to carbon markets so that they can receive incentives for the global benefits they provide.

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation through Alternative Land uses in Rainforests of the Tropics project seeks to better understand the socio-economic drivers and impacts of deforestation and provide policy options for emissions reduction. Through studies in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cameroon and Peru, the project aims to make a significant contribution to the evaluation of mechanisms that translate international-level agreements into instruments that will help change the behaviour of the people at the ‘coal-face’, while minimizing adverse repercussions on their livelihoods.

The Accountability and Local Level Initiative to Reduce Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (All-REDDI) project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Indonesian Forestry Department. It aims to assist Indonesia in accounting for land-use based greenhouse gas emissions and to be ready to use international economic ‘REDD' incentives for emission reduction in its decision-making at the local and national levels.