LANDMARC kicks-off!

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What is the realistic potential for agriculture, forestry, and other land use sectors to enhance the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere? This question will be answered by the LANDMARC research project, which officially started on the 1st July 2020.

Funded by the European Commission, the nineteen LANDMARC consortium partners will spend the next four years (2020-2024) working to:

  • Estimate the climate impact of land-based negative emission solutions, for example in agriculture, forestry, and other land-use sectors;
  • Assess the potential for regional and global upscaling of negative emission solutions;
  • Map their potential environmental, economic, and social co-benefits and trade-offs.

Our role in the project will be to lead a case study in Venezuela focusing on the land management technology of Indigenous fire management.

Working in the Parque Nacional Canaima in Bolívar state, the case study will look at changing polices from fire suppression to intercultural and participative land management that is based on Indigenous fire management, and how this can reduce megafires and deforestation.

The case study will build on the Collective’s work on Indigenous fire management and climate change in Venezuela, and open discussions and share lessons to provide the basis for developing continental narratives and scenarios in the Americas.

Read the full press release LANDMARC press release – v17.07.2020_Cobra Collective.

Bibiana Bilbao
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Bibiana Bilbao is Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. Her research is on tropical savannas, fire ecology, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation change. She has also a long professional experience working on ecological and human dimensions of fire management with Indigenous communities in tropical ecosystems of Venezuela, particularly the Pemón of the Canaima National Park. She is willing to further the development of more effective, socially just and culturally sensitive policies for intercultural and participatory governance of Integrated Fire Management (MIF) in Venezuela, Brazil and other countries of South America such as Bolivia and Argentina.