Tools to help international conservation agencies make sound decisions
This project quantifies the potential impacts of land use practices on water quality and quantity in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda; Ruaha River Watershed, Tanzania; and Luangwa Valley, Zambia, and in doing so provides quantitative information for conservation agencies to make sound decisions. Researchers EFETAC developed the Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity (WaSSI-CB) model and the Natural Capital Project developed the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and tradeoffs (InVEST) model.
EFETAC scientists coordinated and delivered training workshops for professionals from the three African countries, and in September 2011, will present research results, implications, management recommendations, and technical training on using the WaSSI-CB and InVEST models to key stakeholders at a workshop in Raleigh, NC. The continual evolution of the WaSSI-CB model as it is applied internationally provides validation and improved application within the United States, and ultimately adds value to its use by land managers within the Forest Service.
Forest Service Partners