Impact of landuse change on soil carbon stocks and livelihoods of communities on Mt. Elgon region, Uganda

There is inadequate knowledge on the form of soil organic carbon (SOC) pools and fluxes that are affected by land use change. Hence, there is a need to understand how soil organic carbon is affected by land use change and how these impacts affect rural livelihood. This knowledge gap makes it difficult to predict the effects of land use change and limits the management of ecosystems. This study will be conducted on and around Mt. Elgon area in Uganda to obtain information from the community about their perception on landuse/cover change and its impact on the their livelihood and soil organic carbon. Knowledge on community copping strategies in improving and maintaining soil carbon levels will also be investigated.
Il y a une maigre connaissance sur la forme d’accumulation du carbone organique du sol (SOC) et des flux qui sont affectés par le changement d’utilisation de terre. Par conséquent, il y a un besoin de comprendre comment le carbone organique du sol est affecté par le changement d’utilisation de terre et comment ces impacts affectent la vie rurale. Cet intervalle de connaissance le rend difficile pour prévoir les effets du changement d’utilisation de terre et limite la gestion des écosystèmes. Cette étude sera menée dans et autour de la Région du Mont Elgon en Ouganda pour obtenir l’information fournie par la communauté au sujet de leur perception sur le changement d’utilisation de terre /couverture de terre et son impact sur leur subsistance et sur le carbone organique du sol. La connaissance des stratégies utilisées par la communauté dans l’amélioration et le maintien des niveaux de carbone du sol sera également recherchée.
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