Recent Work

The African Regional Greenhouse Gases Budget (2010–2019)

FEFA Project Update 

“Africa is no longer the carbon sink of the world.” Future Ecosystems for Africa (FEFA) co-PI Prof Sally Archibald and Dr Yolandi Ernst, a Global Change Institute (GCI) researcher, co-authored a groundbreaking paper titled “The African Regional Greenhouse Gases Budget (2010–2019).” The paper developed a comprehensive African Greenhouse gas (GHG) budget covering 2000 to 2019 and found groundbreaking results.

A fireside chat with Jane Goodall
FEFA Project Update 

FEFA Researchers discuss co-creating future ecosystems for Africa with acclaimed environmentalist Jane Goodall at a “Protect, manage, Restore” event hosted by the Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Future Ecosystems for Africa programme.

Outcomes of the COP28 Climate Conference
FEFA Project Update 

Future Ecosystems for Africa (FEFA) Researchers’ Activities for the COP28 Climate Conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November until 12 December 2023.

FEFA-CI Engagement on the African NCS Roadmap
FEFA Project Update 

Future Ecosystems for Africa contributes to conceptualizing the African NCS roadmap in a meeting organized by Conservation International in collaboration with FEFA and the Oppenheimer Generations Research from 11 – 13 December 2023.

OPALS-FEFA Shangani Workshop
FEFA Project Update 

Oppenheimer Programme in African Landscape Systems (OPALS) hosts a workshop at Shangani Holistic from 16 to 19 October in partnership with Future Ecosystems for Africa (FEFA) and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation (OGRC). The workshop aimed to strengthen the alignment of activities between the OPALS and FEFA programmes.

Fires Workshop in Angola
FEFA Project Update 

Regional interest in the Future Ecosystems for Africa (FEFA) program grows at the first ever internal multi-stakeholder discussions on fire management held in Angola during the “Fires in Angola: dynamics, impacts and management” Workshop hosted in Instituto SuperiorPolitêcnico de Tundavala (ISPT) in Humpata, from 1 – 2 June 2023.

IPBES Nature Futures Framework Workshop
FEFA Project Update 

Future Ecosystems for Africa (FEFA) Program co-funds the IPBES Nature Futures Framework workshop hosted in partneship with the the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) which took place at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Rural Facility from 14 to 17 November 2022.

Sampling herbaceous composition at the Mwekera fire experiment
FEFA Project Update 

Fieldwork by the Global Grassy Group at experimental plots in Mwekera, Zambia, examined the herbaceous diversity of the Miombo ground layer under different fire regimes.

Global Grassy Group workshop and herbaceous sampling
FEFA Project Update 

During a workshop in Mpumalanga, South Africa, we identified future research priorities and sampled plant community composition at never-ploughed vs previously-ploughed sites.

20th Savanna Science Network Meeting 2023
FEFA Project Update 

Several FEFA Researchers and Collaborators attended and presented research findings at the Savanna Science Network Meeting from 06 to 09 March 2023. These include Sally Archibald, Tatenda Gotore, Frances Siebert, Nikki Stevens, Bob Mandinyenya, Peter Makumbe and Duncan Kimuyu among others who were present. There was wide engagement among current FEFA project partners and collaborators while new opportunities were opened through other people who showed interest in FEFA work.

Release of Technical Reports on climate actions at COP27
FEFA Project Update 

At COP27 held in Sharm El -Sheikh, Egypt (6 – 18 November 2022), Future Ecosystems for Africa ran a panel discussion, ‘Identifying impactful action on land and oceans- a pathway to impactful resilient finance’ in support of launching two technical reports on mitigation and adaptation actions on Land and in the Ocean.

Oppenheimer Generations Research Conference 2022
FEFA Project Update 

At the Oppenheimer Generations Research conference 5-7 October, 2022 Future Ecosystems for Africa ran a panel discussion: Post-growth or green-growth – alternative development pathways for Africa. The goal was to open up a debate on alternative economic models for equitable African development in the context of a need for sustainability and decarbonisation.

SEOSAW-GGG Herbaceous Protocol Training Workshop
FEFA Project Update 

SEOSAW (Socio-ecological observatory for the study of African woodlands – seosaw.github.io), a Miombo Network activity, ran a Herbaceous Protocol Training Workshop in Morogoro, Tanzania at the Kitulangalo Forest Reserve plots,15-25 March 2022.

Centralised review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reports by Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, and Switzerland
FEFA Project Update 

The secretariate of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held a centralised review of greenhouse gas inventory reports submitted by Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, and Switzerland from 5 to 10 September 2022 in Bonn, Germany. The review process involved checking if the GHG inventories were compiled in line with the requirements set out in different decisions of the conference of parties (COP) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for GHG inventories.