The UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) has been awarded a European Space Agency TIGER Initiative grant to conduct research investigating the water use, water stress, and the influence of invasive species on water availability in African savannas. Covering nearly half of the African continent, savannas are among the most complex, variable and extensive landscapes on Earth — simultaneously supporting trees, livestock, crops and human settlements. These water-limited ecosystems are highly sensitive to changes in climate, environmental conditions, and land management practices.
The project will be conducted in partnership with the University of Western Cape in South Africa. The data will improve the understanding of savanna ecosystem evolution, and provide important information for policy processes, support water monitoring and assist agriculture sustainable management.
The TIGER Initiative was launched by the European Space Agency in 2002 to promote the use of Earth observation technologies and improve integrated water resources management in Africa, while strengthening the scientific collaboration between African and European partners.
For more information, see the UNU-FLORES website.