Daten zum Projekt

Senior Fellowship for Dr. Robert Mbeche: Effect of Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) initiatives on forest governance, livelihoods and forest condition in Kenya

Initiative: Wissen für morgen – Kooperative Forschungsvorhaben im subsaharischen Afrika (beendet)
Ausschreibung: Postdoctoral Fellowships on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change
Bewilligung: 15.02.2017
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre


Africa is a region in transition, where local realities encounter global change. In particular, economic and financial mechanisms for the conservation of ecosystems and their services, are transforming people's livelihood pathways, raising significant questions over equity, sustainability and prosperity. The proposed project aims to assess the effects of Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes on governance, livelihoods, and forest conditions in Mt. Elgon transboundary ecosystem in Kenya. Lessons on what worked and to who will provide insights on how individual or collective social actors can manage and protect resources efficiently and develop sustainable livelihood strategies under present social and environmental conditions. The project will be a three year partnership between a postdoctoral fellow from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology (JKUAT) and scholars from the Institute of Environmental Economics and World Trade at the Leibniz University of Hannover. The projects intra-Africa collaborations will also include the Africa Climate Policy Center at the UN commission in Africa, the Kenya Forest Service and the University of Eldoret. The project also aims to build a network of German and African scientists for theoretically-informed and evidence based knowledge exchange on processes of contemporary livelihood transformation in the wider region.


  • Prof. Dr. Eva Schlecht

    Universität Göttingen
    Fakultät für Agrarwissenschaften
    Department für Nutztierwissenschaften
    Abteilung Tierhaltung in den Tropen und Subtropen

  • Dr. Robert Mbeche

    Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture
    and Technology
    Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    Technology Building, Main Campus

  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Schareika

    Universität Göttingen
    Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Institut für Ethnologie

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert

    Universität Kassel
    FB 11: Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften
    Fachgebiet Ökologischer Pflanzenbau und Agraröko-
    systemforschung in den Tropen und Subtropen

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