Identifi cation and Mapping of Soils Rich in Organic Carbon in South Africa as a Climate Change Mitigation Option

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is seeking to appoint a qualified service provider to identify and map soils rich in organic carbon in South Africa as a Climate Change Mitigation Option.

South Africa has a diversity of soils systems that support the diverse vegetation biomes. Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is one of the most important constituents of the soil due to its capacity to affect plant growth and its important role in soil fertility maintenance as well as water fl ow regulation. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published the National Terrestrial Carbon Sink Assessment (NTCSA) in 2014 that for the first time mapped the geographical distribution of South Africa’s carbon soil stocks and identified land based mitigation opportunities for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector in South Africa. The assessment however did not specifically map the soils rich in carbon, e.g. humic soils or organic topsoils, that need to be considered as high protection priority as a contribution to climate change mitigation.

The current call seeks to address the need to identify, map and geographically isolate the soil series and types rich in organic carbon in South Africa as a Climate Change Mitigation Option.

GIZ invites eligible and professional companies with local presence in South Africa to request the documentation to be completed from [email protected] by 26.05.2017. Please quote reference #83258289 when requesting the documentation.

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