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Interplay among Multiple Uses of Water Reservoirs via InNOVative Coupling of Substance Cycles in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems (INNOVATE): Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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Climate and land-use change may profoundly affect biodiversity and ecosystem functions. This project studies potential trade-offs between land use, biodiversity conservation, and maintenance of crucial ecosystem services in Caatinga agro-ecosystems in Pernambuco, Brazil. Our research module assesses the impact of the intensification of multiple land uses on plant biodiversity and focus on the interactions and feedback effects of carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils. Along with the biodiversity assessment, population structure of important tree species will be studied, which allows for the forecast of stand development under climate and land-use changes. These data will used for developing adapted land use schemes for the area.

  • Funded by BMBF (01LL0904A)
  • Duration: 2012-2015
  • Cooperations: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, Brazil, Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW, Dresden (amongst others)

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