Logo of the project OPTIMASS showing a wind pump, an acacia tree and a rainy cloud in a savanna landscape
Image: WG Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation


  • now available as a booklet and can be downloaded here
  • short for "Options for sustainable geo-biosphere feedback management in savanna systems under regional and global change"
  • a collaborative, inter- and trans-disciplinary German-Namibian research project. 
  • aiming at providing guidelines and strategies for sustainable use, stabilisation and restoration of ecosystem services in Namibian savannas , focusing on geo-biosphere feedbacks
  • strongly supporting young researchers by establishing a student and scientist exchange program, summer schools and joint master and PhD courses 
  • funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under FKZ 01LL1302A until January 2018 
  • is part of the SPACES (Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes) program initiated by the BMBF