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ALTER-Net partners collaborate to study tropical forest biodiversity's role in responding to climate change

The EU-funded ROBIN project (Role of Biodiversity in Climate Change Mitigation) involves four ALTER-Net partners. Good progress has been made so far, as explained in a series of articles that summarise the approaches being taken.

ROBIN is concerned with biodiversity in tropical regions South and Central America. Specifically, the project is looking at the role of biodiversity in climate change mitigation. Tropical forests provide us with foods, fibres and medicines, they filter water and control its flow. They also ‘soak up’ carbon dioxide from the air, mitigating climate change. The UN's REDD+ programme (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) seeks to encourage sustainable forest management, thus maintaining ecosystem services, increasing resilience to climate change and conserving forest carbon stocks.

To optimise carbon and non-carbon ecosystem services from tropical forests in the face of global change we must improve our understanding of the relationships between biodiversity and the socio-ecological processes through which we respond and adapt to change. ROBIN, which is funded by the EU's FP7 programme, is running for four years, and aims to provide information for policy, together with resource use options, under scenarios of socio-economic and climate change.

ROBIN is led by ALTER-Net's CEH and also involves Alterra, ISE and PIK. They are working with two other European partners and six organisations in Central and South America.

A series of short articles explain some of the approaches being taken in the project and early results. They cover the following topics:

 

Each article is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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