Six million euros for new project in the Amazon

Methods of improving carbon storage in the soil, reducing greenhouse gases and maintaining important ecosystem functions such as soil fertility and water quality are the focus of a new research programme in the Amazon region of Brazil.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing funding totalling 6.15 million euros over five years for the collaborative project, which goes under the name of «carbiocial». The project, in which numerous Brazilian partners as well as various German universities and research centres are involved, is being coordinated by the Institute of Geography at the University of Göttingen. One of the researchers’ aims is to develop a model that will demonstrate to farmers, environmental agencies and research institutions the effects of different land-use scenarios for the Amazon region from the point of view of climate change mitigation. It is also hoped that the model will illustrate the sustainability of different measures. The researchers will be working mainly in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Pará.  

(University of Göttingen/wi)

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