Understanding land use, land cover and woodland-based ecosystem services change, Mabalane, Mozambique

Charcoal production constitutes a key ecosystem service, with a market value of US$400 million a year

Abstract

Charcoal production constitutes a key ecosystem service in Mozambique, with an estimated market value of US$400 million a year. Due to the central role the charcoal industry plays in local livelihoods, availability of suitable wood for charcoal production has decreased because of changes in land use and land cover (LULC). This paper applied a probabilistic modelling approach combining Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs), Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing data, field data, and expertise from different stakeholders to understand how changes in LULC affect woodland-based ecosystem services (ES) in the Mabalane landscape, southern Mozambique.

This work was supported by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme

Citation

Mahamane, M., Zorilla-Miras, P., Verweij, P., Sitoe, A., Ryan, C., Patenaude, G., Grundy, I., Nhantumbo, I., Metzger, M.J., Ribeiro, N., Baumert, S., Vollmer, F., Understanding land use, land cover and woodland-based ecosystem services change, Mabalane, Mozambique, Energy and Environment Research, vol.7, issue1, 2017

Understanding land use, land cover and woodland-based ecosystem services change, Mabalane, Mozambique

Published 1 December 2017