Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo: FAO/Matthias Mugisha

 

In contrast to other regions, African mountains harbour the continent's most fertile soils, allowing high yield agriculture to thrive and contributing significantly to food security in the region. Millions of farmers are employed in the production of globally consumed cash crops like coffee and tea, and population density in and around mountains in Sub-Saharan Africa is high - and on the rise.

In a continent dominated by arid and semi-arid areas, African mountains function as water towers for millions of people. Low-lying arid areas in countries such as Sudan and Namibia receive water from large rivers with mountain sources, while in East Africa, Mount Kenya is the only source of freshwater for more than seven million people. African mountains house many ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, drylands, rivers and wetlands, and are home to unique biodiversity including the critically endangered mountain gorillas of Central Africa and Uganda.

 

With global warming, high population growth and intensive land-use threatening Africa’s mountains, urgent policy action is needed to create the enabling conditions for promoting sustainable development and investment in these mountain areas.

Latest news from the region

Water catchments in the Cameroon highlands

Water catchments in the Cameroon highlands

22.06.2017

The Save Your Future Association (SYFA) is a grassroot non-profit organization working in the Western Highlands of Cameroon, precisely in the Northwest Region. SYFA was founded in 2001...

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Latest newsletter from the Mount Kenya Trust

Latest newsletter from the Mount Kenya Trust

11.05.2017

The Mount Kenya Trust shares news of its recent events and initiatives in the latest edition of “Mountain Dispatches”, the Mount Kenya Trust’s quarterly newsletter. Covering news from...

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Oil and gas exploitation in the Albertine Rift

Oil and gas exploitation in the Albertine Rift

22.02.2017

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) has issued the fourth edition of AREALA News, a newsletter of the Albertine Rift Environmental Assessment Alliance to promote sustainable development responsibility....

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MP Steering Committee plans for 2017

MP Steering Committee plans for 2017

06.02.2017

Immediately following the third edition of the World Mountain Forum in Mbale, Uganda, the Mountain Partnership (MP) Steering Committee held its annual meeting at the Mount Elgon Hotel...

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Events in the region

1st West African Mountain Forum

1st West African Mountain Forum

Venue: Kpalime, Togo
From: 05.10.2017 to: 08.10.2017

West Africa is a sub-region that has an abundance of ecosystems, including - among others - mountains. Although not necessarily impressive in terms of altitude, West African mountains are high...

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Chogoria Mount Kenya Mountain Run (Postponed)

Chogoria Mount Kenya Mountain Run (Postponed)

Venue: Chogoria, Kenya
From: 13.05.2017 to: 13.05.2017

Due to weather conditions, this event has been postponed until November 2017 - more information coming soon.

Mara Expeditions Community Based Organization, in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service,...

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Mount Kenya Three Peaks Climb

Mount Kenya Three Peaks Climb

Venue: Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
From: 16.03.2017 to: 21.03.2017

The Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) invites you to come and climb the three peaks of Mount Kenya to raise vital mountain conservation funds for the MKT, an NGO...

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Mount Kilimanjaro Research Group Meeting

Mount Kilimanjaro Research Group Meeting

Venue: Moshi, Tanzania
From: 22.02.2017 to: 26.02.2017

The interdisciplinary AfroMont-Mount Kilimanjaro Research Group meeting will bring together researchers working on African mountains. The conference theme will be "African mountain ecosystems under global change: Linking biodiversity, biotic interactions...

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