Regional meeting on Sustainable Development in African Mountain Regions

16-18 November 2011
Mbale, Uganda

The Regional Meeting on Sustainable Development in African Mountain Regions was held in Mbale, Uganda, from 16 to 18 November 2011.

The meeting was jointly organised by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the World Bank, in the context of the Strategic Initiative for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions.

The African mountains stand out as areas with favourable climatic and ecological conditions, in contrast to the surrounding lowlands that are generally much drier. As a consequence of this, the total average population density in all African mountains is more than double the density of the lowlands. The driving economic forces now have better knowledge about and access to the rich natural resources in the mountains, including hydropower, minerals, timber and agricultural soils.

In Uganda, participants have visited Mount Elgon and communities on its slopes to observe emerging micro-climate changes, their causes and effects so to discuss coping mechanisms and suitable adaptation strategies.

Related information

Press release
List of participants

Background paper

Final report

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