Conservation South Africa (CSA), as a local affiliate of Conservation International (CI), is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development, one that considers and values nature at every turn and improves human well-being through the conservation of healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide.
CSA seeks to monitor existing rangeland monitoring sites as well as additional sites identified for carbon feasibility project. All sites have or are planned to have various interventions such as planned grazing as part of the Conservation Agreement incentives. Existing sites are long-term monitoring plots and points at Dixie, Utah and Welverdiend A and B. The methodology will be congruent with the existing 3 Tier monitoring but will also involve additional monitoring such as woody assessments and soil sampling . The sampling strategy, data collection, data management and reporting will be determined in collaboration with the CSA Science team as part of an initial 3-day field trip, whereafter the consultant will complete the work.
1. Work with CSA staff over the first 3 field days to confirm protocols, equipment use, and data entry
2. Collection of vegetation data and soil samples on 50 sites (30 sites on current intervention sites; 20 on anticipated expansion sites)
3. Vegetation data will comprise per site: herbaceous biomass (using disc pasture meter, 100 drops), herbaceous cover and composition (using line-point-intercept, 100 intercepts), woody biomass (using Adapted Point-centered Quarter method, number tbd)
4. Soil sampling will comprise per site: 4 bulked 20-cm soil cores and bulk density (training for latter can be provided).
5. Collation of data and all metadata into an Excel templates to be provided
6. Rows in the final data sheet will be site number, columns will include (but may not be limited to) waypoint number, location in digital degrees, herbaceous biomass, woody biomass. The formation of sampling sites may take the form of plots such as the Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM, Peel et al., 2005) plots to align with existing sampling in the area
7. A very brief narrative (no more than 2 pages) outlining main differences in biomass and species distribution
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