The project analyses how much organic carbon (C) is bound in black soils in the form of humus, how the humus content depends on land use and type of farming and what the main causes of soil degradation are. In cooperation with the Ukrainian NGO Agricola and a research institute, the C contents of black soils under different intensive use are measured. GIS-based modelling is used to predict changes in humus content under expected climate change and under specific management. Based on this, recommendations for action are derived and submitted to the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine. Know-how on data processing and modelling is provided to scientists, students, land users, environmental NGOs and political decision makers.
The project is funded within the programme Capacity development for environmental policy in countries of South-east and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Phase III of the International Climate Initiative. It is supervised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Expertise: World Heritage, Biosphere Reserves, cartography
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