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The GreenGaDe consortium: At the field excursion during the Kick-Off meeting in November 2021 (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso); not pictured: Dr. Eveline Sawagodo-Compaore, James Nana Ofori
Fieldwork in Ghana: PhD candidates and master's students establishing plots, collecting samples and measuring trees
Testing the chamber system to measure GHG emissions
Quite a happy crowd of PhD candidates within the topics of Global Change Ecology, Vegetation and Soil science, Socio-economics and Modeling, from left to right: Adamou Chitou Abdou, Christian Bougma, Binta Modi Maiguizo, James N. Ofori, Valaire Yaro, Gannouka Nadjire, Constantin Compaore, Roman Hinz, not pictured: Birba Sibiri, Famoussa Dembelle, Eunice Okyere-Agyapong
Discussing the plan among the Principal Investigators (PIs).From left to right: Dr. Larissa Raatz as moderator, Prof. Oumarou Ouédraogo (UJKZ), Dr. Eveline Sawadogo-Compaore (INERA), Dr. Reginald T. Guuroh (CSIR-FORIG), Prof. Dr. Anja Linstädter (UP), Dr. Alimata A. Bandaogo (INERA); not pictured: Dr. Mounkaila Mohamed (UAM).
GreenGaDe consortium

Field excursion in the Sudano-Sahelian forest in November 2021 (Burkina Faso) | Photo: James N. Ofori

Fieldwork in Ghana

PhD candidates and master's students establishing plots, collecting samples and measuring trees | Photo: James N. Ofori

Chamber-based GHG measurements

GreenGaDe project members constructing and recording greenhouse gas emissions | Photo: Larissa Raatz and Binta Modi Maiguizo

Capacity building is key

Quite a happy crowd of PhD candidates within the topics of Global Change | Photo: Larissa Raatz

Project collaboration

Discussing project updates during interdisciplinary face-to-face meetings | Photo: James N. Ofori

GreenGaDe project: Greenhouse Gas Determination in West Africa’s Agricultural Landscapes

Food production systems contribute significantly to global warming and are responsible for 19–29% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Especially in developing countries, 90% of greenhouse gas emissions originate from agriculture and deforestation. So far, it is not known how much greenhouse gases are released by different agricultural systems and management practices. In order to provide policymakers and managers with a clear basis for decision-making, such data and predictions are essential. This is the goal of GreenGaDe, a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, runtime: 04/2021–03/2024) and being embedded in the trans-disciplinary West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). In GreenGaDe, specialists in agronomy, forestry, modelling, environmental chemistry and monitoring, and sociology from Germany and three West African countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger) are working closely together. The scientists examine and compare different agro-ecosystems in West Africa, including forests, open savannahs, pastures and fields.


GreenGaDe members are standing together and one is directing the others

November 2023: We are hiring!

The team is looking for a responsible, motivated and dedicated project manager with great communicative and organizational skills.

Figure 5 from the publication showing biomass, emission and carbon pools comparing climate zones and land-use types

October 2023: First GreenGaDe publication

Christian Bougma and colleagues from UJKZ published their results about carbon emission from biomass burning on croplands.

GreenGaDe, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research & WASCAL
Photo: GreenGaDe

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