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

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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Africa puts a spotlight on mountains

Africa puts a spotlight on mountains

26.01.2017

Governments and organizations throughout the African continent held events to honour International Mountain Day (IMD) 2016. The fifth edition of Algeria’s National Mountain Festival was held in Bejaia, Algeria, featuring...

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Call for abstracts: Mt Kilimanjaro conference

Call for abstracts: Mt Kilimanjaro conference

12.01.2017

AfroMont, the African chapter of the international Mountain Research Initiative, invites researchers working on African mountains to submit abstracts for the upcoming Mount Kilimanjaro Mountain Research Conference. The...

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Events in the region

Chogoria Mount Kenya Mountain Run

Chogoria Mount Kenya Mountain Run

Venue: Chogoria, Kenya
From: 13.05.2017 to: 13.05.2017

Mara Expeditions Community Based Organization, in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Athletics Kenya, Flexi-Biogas and Tharaka- Nithi County Government, is organizing a mountain running...

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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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Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

Venue: Mbale, Uganda
From: 21.10.2016 to: 22.10.2016

The Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership (MP) was to take place 21-22 October 2016 in Mbale, Uganda, but has been postponed to 2017. The new date and venue...

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