Elisa Grieco

Elisa Grieco
Italian National Research Council | CNR · Institute of Bioeconomy IBE

PhD Forest Ecology

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Introduction
Elisa Grieco is graduated in Forest and Environmental Science and she has a PhD in Forest Ecology. She is involved in PPATRD project for strengthening communication in support of research and technology transfer in agriculture and rural development in Senegal. She worked in H2020 projects (SEACRIFOG, ClimAfrica, AfricaGHG). Her background includes deforestation assessment, stakeholders involvement, carbon stock dynamics due to land use change and REDD+ implications and small scale CDM projects.

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Global population projections foresee the biggest increase to occur in Africa with most of the available uncultivated land to ensure food security remaining on the continent. Simultaneously, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise due to ongoing land use change, industrialisation, and transport amongst other reasons with Africa becoming a maj...
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Smallholder farmers struggle to achieve food security in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It is urgently required to find appropriate practices for enhancing crop production while avoiding large increases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in SSA. This review aims to identify common smallholder farming practices for enhancing crop product...
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Forest carbon use efficiency (CUE, the ratio of net to gross primary productivity) represents the fraction of photosynthesis that is not used for plant respiration. Although important, it is often neglected in climate change impact analyses. Here, we assess the potential impact of thinning on projected carbon-cycle dynamics and implications for for...
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There is currently a lack of representative, systematic and harmonised greenhouse gas (GHG) observations covering the variety of natural and human-altered biomes that occur in Africa. This impedes the long-term assessment of the drivers of climate change, in addition to their impacts and feedback loops at the continental scale, but also limits our...
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Climate change is threatening ecosystems and societies in Africa. At the same time, population growth causing land-use change, increased energy demand and the development of industry and transport infrastructure contributes to increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated that the majority of GHG emissions in Africa at present occur du...
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Ecosystems and societies on the African continent are threatened by the consequences of climate change. Similarly, the continuing trend of population growth jointly occurring with rapid land-use change, increased energy demand and the development of industry and transport infrastructure contribute to increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and su...
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Il 2017 ha segnato un importante punto di svolta dell’ articolato e lungo percorso di sostenibilità del nostro Paese. Nel quadro di riferimento dettato dall’ Agenda 2030 dell’ONU sullo Sviluppo Sostenibile e dalla Strategia nazionale di Sviluppo Sostenibile (SNSvS) , l’elaborazione del Primo Rapporto sullo Stato del Capitale Naturale in Italia ha...
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Degradation, a reduction of the ecosystem’s capacity to supply goods and services, is widespread in tropical forests and mainly caused by human disturbance. To maintain the full range of forest ecosystem services and support the development of effective conservation policies, we must understand the overall impact of degradation on different forest...
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Background and aims In the Jomoro district in Ghana, tree plantations were the first cause of deforestation in the past, drastically reducing the area occupied by primary forests. The aim of this study was to quantify soil organic carbon (SOC) losses due to a change in land use from primary forest to tree plantations (cocoa, coconut, rubber, oil pa...
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This paper, developed under the framework of the RECCAP initiative, aims at providing improved estimates of the carbon and GHG (CO2, CH4 and N2O) balance of continental Africa. The various components and processes of the African carbon and GHG budget are considered, existing data reviewed, and new data from different methodologies (inventories, eco...
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This paper, developed under the framework of the RECCAP initiative, aims at providing improved estimates of the carbon and GHG (CO2, CH4 and N2O) balance of continental Africa. The various components and processes of the African carbon and GHG budget were considered, and new and available data derived by different methodologies (based on inventorie...
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The development of sound methods for the estimation of forest parameters such as Above Ground Biomass (AGB) and the need of data for different world regions and ecosystems, are widely recognized issues due to their relevance for both carbon cycle modeling and conservation and policy initiatives, such as the UN REDD+ program (Gibbs et al., 2007). Th...
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Among different regions of the world, Africa and particularly sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has contributed less than any other to the greenhouse gas emissions, but it is also the region most vulnerable and the least well equipped to the consequences. In SSA the role of land use change in controlling CO2 emissions may be more critical than in any other...
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A new station for the monitoring of CO2 fluxes over a primary tropical forest in Ghana (Ankasa Conservation Area) is operative as part of the CarboAfrica eddy covariance network. Carbon, water and energy fluxes were measured by the eddy covariance technique, and a soil characterization and a survey on biodiversity were carried out. Preliminary obse...
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Tropical primary rainforests of Africa are an enormous reservoir of carbon (C), most of which, in the common perception, is stored in the biomass. We studied one of these forests, Ankasa, in the south-western part of Ghana, in terms of quantity and 14C activity of soil organic carbon (SOC) to elucidate the little known important role of soil in sto...
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This study gives an outlook on the carbon balance of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by presenting a summary of currently available results from the project CarboAfrica (namely net ecosystem productivity and emissions from fires, deforestation and forest degradation, by field and model estimates) supplemented by bibliographic data and compared with a new...
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The tropical primary rain forest of Ankasa Park, Ghana, was investigated in terms of quantity and mean residence time (MRT) of soil organic carbon (SOC) with the aim to elucidate the dynamics of this important C reservoir. Soil C was measured in the different pedogenic horizons and its MRT calculated based on the 14C content determined by accelerat...
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This study presents a summary overview of the carbon balance of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by synthesizing the available data from national communications to UNFCCC and first results from the project CarboAfrica (net ecosystem productivity and emissions from fires, deforestation and forest degradation, by field and model estimates). According to thes...
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This study gives an outlook on the carbon balance of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by presenting a summary of currently available results from the project CarboAfrica (namely net ecosystem productivity and emissions from fires, deforestation and forest degradation, by field and model estimates) supplemented by bibliographic data and compared with a new...
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An Eddy Covariance station for the monitoring of CO2 and energy fluxes over a primary tropical forest in Ghana is operative as part of the CarboAfrica eddy covariance network. The facility, located in the Ankasa Conservation area (05° 16' 11.2''N; 02° 41' 41.55'' W), includes a 65 m tall steel tower equipped with a system enabling the measurements...

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The goal of the SEACRIFOG ( seacrifog.eu ) project is to promote the EU-Africa cooperation dialogue at different levels (policy, science, society) on the following themes: land use change, climate-smart agriculture, carbon cycle and greenhouse gases observations, in order to support mitigation and adaptation to climate change. SEACRIFOG overall aim is to build an integrative network for long-term and sustainable cooperation among African and European environmental research infrastructures. Among the project’s outcomes will be the production of an assessment of the situation in Africa on the above topics and as well as a road map on the way forward. To systematically capture information on relevant variables, observation infrastructures, data products and measurement protocols the SEACRIFOG collaborative inventory tool was developed. https://seacrifog-tool.sasscal.org/ This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730995.