AFRI-SKY-FOR: Saving African tropical montane forests
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AFRI-SKY-FOR: Saving African tropical montane forests

  Tropical montane forests are biodiversity rich and unique ecosystems. The montane forests of the Albertine Rift region in Africa, for example, contain around 7500 plant and animal species – over a thousand of which are endemic. Tropical montane forests provide numerous ecosystems services including water, food, timber, and non-timber forest products (firewood, medicinal plants, […]

Mountain resilience: Collaborative Research matters
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Mountain resilience: Collaborative Research matters

It is probably common knowledge now that mountain ecosystems are increasingly fragile, with the poor facing the brunt of shocks from changing climate conditions. Multi-institutional humanitarian efforts have been made, but have not halted the problem; hazards still occur, threatening to reverse developments achieved over decades. The urgency for evidence-based solutions to deter such threats […]

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 […]