October 11, 2019
The website of CAFRINAT (Centre of Excellence for the African Great Lakes' Natural Capital) is launched
"CAFRINAT is an international centre of excellence for African Great Lakes Natural Capital and was founded at the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering of Ghent University. The general research, education and societal goals of CAFRINAT focus on the sustainable management of natural capital in areas of conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa."
Find more information on the website!
August 12, 2019
Understanding carbon cycling in tropical soil systems: New publication in EU Research
Dr Sebastian Doetterl (Assistant Professor for Soil Resources, ETH Zurich) explains how understanding carbon cycling in tropical soil systems will inform models of earth system dynamics and help farmers in the region to use land effectively.
(EU Research SUM19/P37)
May 2, 2019
Matti Barthel got an award for one of his DRC photographs by SNF
Matti Barthel (Technical staff, ETH Zurich) got an award in SNSF Scientific Image Competition in the category "Locations and instruments". His photo "Nyiragongo" was taken during an expedition to the Nyiragongo volcano in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Copyright: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo: Matti Barthel
January 25, 2019
AGU’s 2018 Congo Basin Chapman Conference presentation videos now online
A collection of talks and other material presented at the AGU Chapman Conference on Hydrologic Research in the Congo Basin is now online. The conference was held at the Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington DC, September 25-27 2018.
January 7, 2019
Contrasting nitrogen fluxes in African tropical forests of the Congo Basin: New paper in Ecological Monographs
The paper published in Ecological Monographs focused on three main question:
"(1) How does the abiotic environment affect N cycling in tropical forests by comparing montane and lowland forest?
(2) How does forest type within each geographical location affect the N cycle, i.e., what is the variability that can be expected from a change in biotic forest composition?
(3) How does the N cycle of tropical forests in the Congo basin compare to the better‐documented South American and Southeast Asian tropical forests?"
December 12, 2018
Enhancing Resilience in Food Systems: Project Newsletter
The Sustainable Agroecosystem Group, chaired by Prof. Johan Six, and their partners were awarded funding by the Global Programme Food Security of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for their project “The rural-urban nexus: Establishing a nutrient loop to improve city region food system resilience (RUNRES)”.
November 16, 2018
TAHMO is providing crucial data for an international consortium on research in the Congo Basin
The Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) is providing crucial data for researchers of the Congo Biogeochemistry Observatory on research related to biogeochemical cycling of carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen in the Congo Basin.
September 21, 2018
Carbon cycling and the role of soils in understanding the response of the biosphere to Global Change
Dr. Sebastian Doetterl (Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich) gave a presentation at the AMS Beyond 2020 Symposium, ETH Zurich, 2018.
March 28, 2018
A high fire-derived nitrogen deposition in the Congo Basin
Behind the paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Marijn Bauters (Post-doc, Ghent University) share his experiences about working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and explains the importance of doing research there.
September 9, 2014
Sustainability in the heart of darkness
"The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mostly known for its social, economic, and political instability. Does it make sense then for me to focus my research on sustainable agriculture and the role of the Congo River Basin in the global carbon cycle?" Johan Six (Professor of Sustainable Agroecosystems, ETH Zurich) explains why it is important to have research projects in the DRC.