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Sustainable Mountain Development in East Africa in a Changing Climate
Sustainable Mountain Development in East Africa in a Changing Climate
People who live in the world’s mountainous areas are particularly vulnerable to climate change. In 2014 a global project that supports developing countries with mountain regions was launched to support the integration of climate change adaptation practices into development policies, plans and strategies. The project focuses on five mountainous ...
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Mount Elgon
Mount Elgon is shared between Uganda and Kenya and stands at a height of about 4,000 metres above sea level (MoWE, 2013). In Uganda, Mount Elgon National Park covers nearly 1,121 km² of the mountain’s 4,000 km² area (UWA...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Greater Virunga
The mountain ecosystems of East Africa are rich in biodiversity and are an important resource for local communities. They provide food, freshwater, fibre, fuel, shelter, building materials, medicines and other important ...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Regional institutional arrangements
At the transnational level, a significant number of policies and institutional frameworks exist and are in operation. In East Africa, these arrangements can be used to pursue the agenda for sustainable mountain develop...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Climate Change Effects
According to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, Africa has seen an increase in temperature by 0.5 °C or more during the last 50 to 100 years. The temperature changes in East Africa are in line with UNDP Climate Change C...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Contribution to climate change
A key constraint hindering the development of the energy sector is limited finance. In addition to the economic costs of constructing dams, there is the social and environmental cost to consider. The construction of ne...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Projected change in the distribution of malaria's vectors
*Under a climate change scenario with a rise of 2°C Africa wide temperature, 10% increase of summer rainfall and 10% decrease in winter rainfall. The overall climatic suitability of a nominated location for the two speci...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal /Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Climate change impacts on agriculture
While projections for future impacts of climate change on agriculture in large parts of Africa are dire, the mountainous areas of East Africa may benefit from warmer temperatures and an increase in precipitation (Niang e...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Ecosystem services: Tourism
Tourism is an important and growing economic sector for East Africa. Economic revenues from tourism for Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC and Tanzania amount to an annual average of over USD 7 billion (World B...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
East Africa region
The majority of countries in Africa have land that is over 1,500 m above sea level, and therefore classified as mountainous (UNEP 2014). East Africa is home to some of Africa’s most prominent mountains, including Mount K...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal/Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Ecosystem services: Energy
Access to electricity is one of East Africa’s key constraints. In the majority of the subregion, less than 20 per cent of the population has access to electricity (UNEP, 2014). Firewood and charcoal remain the most com...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal /Nieves Lopez Izquierdo
Ecosystem services
Agriculture is the backbone of East Africa’s economy,and the most important livelihood strategy for mountain communities is to ensure regional food security. East Africa’s mountainous areas are known for their favourab...
19 Oct 2016 - by GRID-Arendal / Nieves Lopez Izquierdo