sustainable land management; ecosystem services; East Africa; Invasive alien species; woody plant species; rural livelihood
Shiferaw Hailu, Schaffner Urs, Bewket Woldeamlak, Alamirew Tena, Zeleke Gete, Teketay Demel, Eckert Sandra (2019), Modelling the current fractional cover of an invasive alien plant and drivers of its invasion in a dryland ecosystem, in Scientific Reports
, 9(1), 1576-1576.
Shiferaw Hailu, Bewket Woldeamlak, Alamirew Tena, Zeleke Gete, Teketay Demel, Bekele Ketema, Schaffner Urs, Eckert Sandra (2019), Implications of land use/land cover dynamics and Prosopis invasion on ecosystem service values in Afar Region, Ethiopia, in Science of The Total Environment
, 675, 354-366.
Mbaabu Purity Rima, Ng Wai-Tim, Schaffner Urs, Gichaba Maina, Olago Daniel, Choge Simon, Oriaso Silas, Eckert Sandra (2019), Spatial Evolution of Prosopis Invasion and its Effects on LULC and Livelihoods in Baringo, Kenya, in Remote Sensing
, 11(10), 1217-1217.
SchaffnerUrs, RimaPurity, ShiferawHailu, EckertSandra (2019), Invasive alien species as drivers of rangeland degradation: The example of Prosopis., in Mekdaschi Studer Rima, Liniger Hanspeter (ed.), TerrAfrica; World Bank, Washington D.C., 81-84.
Shiferaw Hailu, Bewket Woldeamlak, Eckert Sandra (2019), Performances of machine learning algorithms for mapping fractional cover of an invasive plant species in a dryland ecosystem, in Ecology and Evolution
, 9(5), 2562-2574.
Bekele Ketema, Haji Jema, Legesse Belaineh, Shiferaw Hailu, Schaffner Urs (2018), Impacts of woody invasive alien plant species on rural livelihood: Generalized propensity score evidence from Prosopis spp. invasion in Afar Region in Ethiopia, in Pastoralism
, 8(1), 28-28.
Ng Wai-Tim, Cândido de Oliveira Silva Alexsandro, Rima Purity, Atzberger Clement, Immitzer Markus (2018), Ensemble approach for potential habitat mapping of invasive Prosopis spp . in Turkana, Kenya, in Ecology and Evolution
, 8(23), 11921-11931.
Bekele Ketema, Haji Jema, Legesse Belaineh, Schaffner Urs (2018), Economic impacts of Prosopis spp. invasions on dryland ecosystem services in Ethiopia and Kenya: Evidence from choice experimental data, in Journal of Arid Environments
, 158, 9-18.
Adoyo Beatrce, ChogeSimon, HajiJema, SchaffnerUrs, Local actors’ perceptions about the impact of Prosopis on ecosystem services and land use: the case of Baringo County, Kenya. East African Agricultu, in KEFRI Science meeting
SchaffnerUrs, AdoyoBeatrice, ChogeSimon, KitemeBoniface, MwihomekeMicfanaka, RImaPurity, WittArne, Towards a sustainable management of invasive alien trees and shrubs in Eastern Africa: the ‘Woody Weeds’ project, in East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal
Invasive alien species (IAS) are key drivers of human-caused global environmental change as they threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES). Woody plant species were repeatedly introduced in areas outside their native range, because they can provide goods and services to the rural poor. Several of these woody species have escaped cultivation and invaded agricultural and natural ecosystems, where their negative impacts on ES and human well-being progressively exceed the benefits local actors can derive from them. The overarching goal of our project is to help mitigate the negative impacts of woody IAS on ecosystem services and human well-being in East Africa. To achieve this goal, our multi-disciplinary consortium will generate and avail knowledge on invasion processes and on context-dependent environmental and socio-economic impacts of woody IAS, elaborate innovative control measures and develop and document Sustainable Land Management strategies that mitigate the negative impacts of woody IAS in East Africa.