Artisanal gold mining threatens Chimanimani National Park
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Artisanal gold mining threatens Chimanimani National Park

A new threat to an African mountain system The southern African mountain research and NGO fraternity have just learned of a potential new threat to the Chimanimani National Park in Zimbabwe. A very small notice appeared in the Zimbabwe Financial Gazette on the 17 July 2017 saying that the Zimbabwean government is planning to ‘release […]

Listening to the Voice of Nature as it Echoes from an Adaptation Retreat
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Listening to the Voice of Nature as it Echoes from an Adaptation Retreat

By Felix Donkor and Christopher Mabeza Anthropogenic climate change has been given different accolades from being a “wicked problem” (Rittel and Webber, 1973) to a “super wicked problem” (Levin, 2012). A common denominator in both descriptions is that climate change, due to its hyper-complexity, defies simplistic or straightforward planning responses. Consequently, as we grapple with […]

Conservation Award for Africa
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Conservation Award for Africa

Dr Ian Little from the South African Endangered Wildlife Trust receives 2017 Whitley Award Dr Ian Little from the South African Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), seen here receiving his Whitley award from HRM Princess Ann, was one of the prestigious winners this year for his determined efforts to protect grasslands in South Africa. Ian is […]

Mount Elgon Forestry Resources and Institutions Monitoring Program
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Mount Elgon Forestry Resources and Institutions Monitoring Program

Mount Elgon is a unique cross-border afro-montane ecosystem between Uganda and Kenya that provides a variety of goods and services essential to human livelihoods. It is not only an important biodiversity hotspot but also a major water tower for both Uganda and Kenya, serving as a catchment area for the drainage systems of many lakes […]

‘Academic conference tourism’ allows delegates to understand mountain issues first hand
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‘Academic conference tourism’ allows delegates to understand mountain issues first hand

Introduction I have had the privilege to visit many unusual places by attending research conferences, an activity I jokingly call ‘academic tourism’.  Perhaps the Mt Kili-AfroMont mountain research conference could be considered an ‘academic tourism’ event in that, as well as the science meeting, it gave delegates an opportunity to see and share information about […]

NILE-NEXUS: Opportunities for a Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Future in the Blue Nile Mountains of Ethiopia
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NILE-NEXUS: Opportunities for a Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Future in the Blue Nile Mountains of Ethiopia

I first met Belay Simane at a United Nations negotiation in Germany. We were both on government delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and during one of the many, many procedural delays we struck up conversation. It turned out neither of us were full-time negotiators. In fact, we were both researchers, […]

Exploring the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya
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Exploring the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya

This post was written by Dr. Lydia Olaka. She is a member of the Department of Geology at the University of Nairobi, with research interests related to water: hydrological and groundwater dynamics, tracing geogenic pollution in groundwater, paleoclimate reconstructions, climate variability and multi-disciplinary interaction between science and society.   Fieldwork is very special to me because […]

Is Table Mountain in South Africa a sustainably managed mountain?
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Is Table Mountain in South Africa a sustainably managed mountain?

One of the challenges of our time is to achieve sustainable development, that is, to create human development at the same time as reducing the impact on the natural environment. To this end, ways are being sought to manage mountains sustainably, yet researchers interested in mountain governance struggle to identify good examples of ‘sustainably managed […]

Agricultural impacts in African mountain landscapes and the Land Matrix database
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Agricultural impacts in African mountain landscapes and the Land Matrix database

Researching Large Scale Land Acquisitions and their impacts on African mountains A PhD research study by Kablan Effossou is being driven by the Land Matrix Initiative at the University of Pretoria and aims to find innovative new ways to use the Land Matrix database (http://www.landmatrix.org/) of large scale land acquisitions (LSLA) to explore agricultural impacts […]

What lies hidden, beneath and within
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What lies hidden, beneath and within

Mountains are more than just rock We often think of mountains in terms of rocks, geological upheavals, massive rock folding, cliffs, traverses, north faces, tree lines, alpine vegetation, rain, snow, wetlands, glaciers and those very important ‘water towers’ – everything to do with the outside of the mountains. We seldom consider what is inside or […]