The Annual Meeting of the project took place in Wits Rural Facility (Limpopo) in South Africa. 18 registered participants from Germany and the African partner institutions presented their research results, discussed engagement of new partners and involvement in existing and currently developed research infrastructures in South Africa (e.g., SARIR- ETFEON), as well as utilization and synthesis of readily available data. Other main issues were extension of capacity building measures, consensus on knowledge gaps, and strategies for the upcoming SPACES II call.
A visit to the Agincourt tower site (operated by the partner CSIR) was part of the Annual Meetings program. Before the meeting Thünen personnel put the final touches to the new eddy covariance site in a rural communal setting in Vuwani (Limpopo province) on the grounds of the Vuwani Science Resource Center. At both sites the effect of differences in landuse on carbon and energy fluxes will be investigated.