Direct measurement of forest degradation rates in Malawi : toward a national forest monitoring system to support REDD+

Show simple item record Skole, David L. Samek, Jay H. Mbow, Cheikh Chirwa, Michael Ndalowa, Dan Tumeo, Tangu Kachamba, Daud Kamoto, Judith Chioza, Alfred Kamangadazi, Francis 2022-02-23T06:52:08Z 2022-02-23T06:52:08Z 2021-04-01
dc.description.abstract Spatial time-series measurements of forest degradation rates are important for estimating national greenhouse gas emissions but have been challenging for open forests and woodlands. This lack of quantitative data on forest degradation rates, location and biomass is an important constraint to developing national REDD+ policy. In Malawi, and in most countries in Africa, most assessments of forest cover change for carbon emissions monitoring tend to report only deforestation in the public forest estate managed by the government, even when important forest degradation also occurs in agricultural areas, such as customary forests and other tree-based systems. This study has resulted in: (a) a new robust forest map for Malawi, (b) spatial and quantitative measurements of both forest degradation and deforestation, and (c) a demonstration of the approach through the introduction of a tool that maps across the broad landscape of forests and trees outside of forests. The results can be used to support REDD+ National Forest Monitoring Systems. This analysis produces new estimates of landscape-wide deforestation rates between 2000–2009 (22,410 ha yr1) and 2009–2015 (38,937 ha yr1). We further produce new estimates of the rate of forest degradation between 2000– 2009 (42,961 ha yr1) and 2009–2015 (71,878 ha yr1). The contribution of these new tools and estimates to capacities for calculating carbon emissions are important, increasing prospects for full REDD+ readiness across semi-arid Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.department Future Africa en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Land Cover and Land Use Change Program (LCLUC) and the APC was funded by NASA and Michigan State University. en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Skole, D.L.; Samek, J.H.; Mbow, C.; Chirwa, M.; Ndalowa, D.; Tumeo, T.; Kachamba, D.; Kamoto, J.; Chioza, A.; Kamangadazi, F. Direct Measurement of Forest Degradation Rates in Malawi: Toward a National Forest Monitoring System to Support REDD+. Forests 2021, 12, 426. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1999-4907 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.3390/f12040426
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher MDPI en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. en_ZA
dc.subject REDD+ en_ZA
dc.subject Forest degradation en_ZA
dc.subject Miombo en_ZA
dc.subject Malawi en_ZA
dc.subject Carbon emissions en_ZA
dc.subject Deforestation en_ZA
dc.subject Forest map en_ZA
dc.subject Spatial measurement en_ZA
dc.subject Quantitative measurement en_ZA
dc.subject Forests en_ZA
dc.subject Trees outside of forest en_ZA
dc.title Direct measurement of forest degradation rates in Malawi : toward a national forest monitoring system to support REDD+ en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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