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Soil carbon in East Africa—centerpiece for carbon finance, climate adaptation and development

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Please join us for an ABCG brown bag presentation featuring: Mark E. Ritchie, Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY; and President, Soils for the Future, LLC.
When Jan 28, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th Street, NW Conference Room 2004A Washington DC, DC 20037
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Contact Phone 202-347-0672 x8184
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Rangelands occupy 41% of the earth's land area, and have the potential to hold 1/3 of the world's terrestrial carbon. Yet rangelands face enormous pressures, not the least of which includes land degradation from poor grazing practices. In spite of this, land degradation affords an opportunity to implement sustainable management of grazing and fire, potentially sequestering up to 20% of atmospheric greenhouse gases. In Africa, rotational grazing can remove one ton of CO2 per hectare each year. Mark's presentation will showcase empirical research across three East African countries, working towards validation for the Verified Carbon Standards, the leading accreditor of land use carbon projects. This development will foster carbon financing opportunities for rural markets and corporate social responsibility.

About Mark Ritchie, Ph.D.
An author of more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles and a book on biodiversity, Dr. Ritchie was born in South Texas (San Antonio) where he first developed an interest in grazing systems. Following his undergraduate degree at Indiana University, he developed his research skills in animal ecology, biodiversity and herbivore-plant-soil interactions with a Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Michigan and a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. In his first faculty position in 1991 in Fisheries and Wildlife at Utah State University, he integrated research with management and policy to address natural resource issues such as wildlife-livestock interactions and endangered species management and consulted with private ranches in the western US. In 2001, Dr. Ritchie moved to Syracuse University and began research related to herbivore-plant-soil interactions and biodiversity in Africa, which led to his recent discoveries regarding grazing, soil carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus that have major implications for the management and development of pastoral systems across Africa and the tropics. In addition, he developed SNAP, a Syracuse University licensed model of soil carbon changes in response to grazing and fire in tropical grasslands and savannas that is a key tool driving soil carbon projects in East Africa. To leverage his field research results and modeling, Dr. Ritchie founded Soils for the Future, LLC, a consulting and carbon development company dedicated to providing fire and grazing management plans, carbon assessments, technical documents for carbon projects, and new remote sensing methods for several projects in Africa for The Nature Conservancy, Fauna and Flora International, and the Northern Rangelands Trust.

With partners TNC and FFI, Soils for the Future developed the recently approved Verified Carbon Standard methodology for sustainable grazing management that applies best to tropical grasslands and savannas.

As a researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Ritchie is dedicated to translating his ongoing basic research in the ecology of grazing systems to creating lasting, sustainable socio-economic systems across subtropical and tropical landscapes.
If you can't join the presentation in-person, please join via the webinar:
Meeting number: 796 190 456

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