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Land-use research in Africa


Charcoal that has been made from Miombo tree species being sold along a main road in Mozambique

Charcoal that has been made from Miombo tree species being sold along a main road in Manica, Mozambique. This is a common sight in much of the region, especially along roads leading to urban areas. Firewood in the background is also sold and the small-sized nature of the wood indicates the dwindling woodland resource, as smaller trees are cut to satisfy the demand.

Woodlands are a major biome in southern Africa and a key source of timber, firewood, non-wood products, wildlife and watershed protection. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has facilitated development of a science agenda on ecology and land-use here, as well as development of collaborations between the U.S. and southern African countries. At a workshop held in the summer of 2001, participants focused on an interdisciplinary study of processes, interactions and impacts of environmental changes on livelihoods, especially for the greater Zambezi and Limpopo River Basins within the southern African region.

This work was supported by the NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering (grant INT 02-18022). If you are interested in other images related to this story, please contact the principal investigator, Paul Desanker at Desanker@psu.edu. (Year of image: 2001)

Credit: Courtesy Paul V. Desanker, Penn State University, and IGBP/LUCC/START Miombo Network

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