Why Mountains Matter for Africa


Policy brief presented at Rio+20


African mountains are highly vulnerable water towers and breadbaskets for the lowlands. Mountain ecosystem services (ES) ensure water-food-energy security and biodiversity conservation and enable sustainable development and poverty eradication at the continent level. In the uncertainty created by climate change, high population growth and land-use change, urgent policy action is needed to promote the enabling conditions for funding and investment in sustainable mountain development (SMD) in Africa. [...]


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Author Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in collaboration with UNEP, AfroMont and Mountain Partnership
Publication year 2012
Language English

Themes: BiodiversityClimate changeFood securityWater

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