Can Paying for Global Ecosystem Services reduce poverty? (P4GES)

This is a collection of data from experiments and surveys carried out in the Ankeniheny Zahamena Forest Corridor - the remains of the evergreen forest of eastern Madagascar.

The data comprise land use /cover classification, biomass estimates, forest inventory, site description, topographic information, site location, soil profile, above and below-ground carbon stocks, vegetation and indicator vegetation species and wood specific gravity.

It was produced by work package 4 of the P4GES (Can Paying for Global Ecosystem Services reduce poverty) project - a three year project (2013 - 2016) involving a consortium of eleven institutions in the UK, Madagascar, the USA, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The project focused on a single ecosystem (tropical forest) in a single low income country (Madagascar) to achieve a uniquely complete analysis in an effort to answer the central research question: "How can international ecosystem service payment schemes (specifically for carbon sequestration/storage and biodiversity conservation) most effectively reduce poverty in low income countries, given biophysical, economic and political realities"?

The project was funded by ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) - a research programme supported by DFID, NERC and ESRC and accredited by LWEC.


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