Greenhouse Gas Determination in West Africa’s Agricultural Landscapes

Within the collaborative project GreenGaDe, the University of Kassel is responsible for the development and application of a spatial land use model for the countries Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana to analyse current and future dynamics of land use change and the associated greenhouse gas emissions and changes in biogenic carbon reservoirs in West African agricultural landscapes.

Funding agency

Project duration
April 2021 − December 2024

The GreenGaDe research project focuses on providing baseline data and analysing future developments of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon stocks in agriculture in West Africa. A consortium of four West African and two German institutions with specialists in agriculture, forestry, modeling and GHG inventories will use a multidisciplinary approach to build a consistent dataset at local and regional levels. Stakeholders from research institutes and government institutions will work closely together to implement this project. The results of the project (maps, database, capacity building) will support West African countries (esp. Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana) in developing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce GHG emissions. Furthermore, the development of emission scenarios based on dynamics of future regional agricultural change will take place. The project is embedded in the trans-disciplinary West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use WASCAL.

Other project partners

  • WG Biodiversity / Systematic Botany, University of Potsdam / Germany
  • Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG), Kumasi / Ghana
  • Institute for Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA), Ouagadougou / Burkina Faso
  • University Abdou Moumouni (UAM), Niamey / Niger
  • University Joseph Ki-Zerbo (UJKZ), Ouagadougou / Burkina Faso