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July 28, 2009: Day two

Today started with a talk by Dr.Langat on Ecosystem biodiversity, where he went into some detail on the different types of ecosystems and their impact on the earth’s carbon cycle. He also explained about Biomass info, ecosystem services and payment for ecosystem services. Back in the field at Kinondo after the lesson, we were again divided into groups; but this time two members from each group switched. This would be the system for the following days, to give everyone the chance to participate in Flora every part of the data collecting. I was one of the members who became a “plant” today and would be collecting Flora biomass data. The object was to collect as much data as possible on the growth/development of the plots. We looked at the height of the plants, diameter of the trunk, the leaves (amount, yellow, damaged) and the species of plant and, in the case of dead plants, which species and how many. Within each plot there could either be a combination of species or one single species planted. The species which have been planted and studied are Bruguiera, Ceriops, Avicennia and Rhizophora, which are indigenous to Kenya. To assess plots with large trees, we used the method of choosing a branch as a significant indicator to the tree. The leaves are then counted Flora2 and multiplied by the amount of main branches for that tree. This was then repeated until the whole plot was done. We also collected soil samples for carbon sequestration testing in the lab from each of the plots. We had our daily break where we enjoyed Madafu (coconuts). This was the most refreshing part of being in the field. In the afternoon, we did our data input and in the evening, Miss Amina Juma talked to us about the Gazi Village women’s group and the Mangrove board. After dinner we went over to Msambweni for a drink at a local pub, owned by Breaktime Michael’s dad. Here, Bronwyn gave a short presentation about her thesis and a bit about her home in Australia.
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