Afromont Research Digest | September 2016

Afromont Research Digest | September 2016

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Mt Kili evening C Hemp 2016AfroMont, a knowledge sharing platform, was initiated in 2007 by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) to focus research attention on the diverse issues and challenges facing the mountainous regions of sub-Saharan Africa. AfroMont is an online media platform, now with eight years of activities, all with a focus on Africa mountain research and Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) in African countries. We follow advances in African mountain research and issues including news and specialized opinion articles covering all aspects of global change in mountains.

Photo credit: Mt Kilimanjaro by Dr Claudia Hemp.





AfroMont Editorial September 2016 - Malaria is being eliminated in Africa

The 2nd South African Malarial Research Conference

The University of Pretoria’s Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control hosted the 2nd South African Malarial Research Conference at the end of July 2016. The theme was ‘Towards Malaria Elimination: Research, Innovation and Education’ and was attended by about 150 delegates.

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Genetic engineering for malaria treatment and control

The work of Pamela J Hines (Science, 19 Aug 2016: Vol. 353, Issue 6301, pp. 787-788. DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6301.787-) explains how, artemisinin, which is a critical compound in the fight against malaria, was originally found in tiny hairs on the surface of leaves of the plant Artemisia annua. But this source plant does not support a sufficiently stable supply of artemisinin for worldwide use.

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Another mosquito-linked disease: Yellow fever emergency vaccination campaign starts in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

August 2016

Yellow fever is a mosquito-transmitted virus which is endemic in certain parts of the world. It is a serious, potentially deadly flu-like disease spread by mosquitoes and is characterized by a high fever and jaundice. Jaundice is yellowing of the skin and eyes, which is why this disease is called yellow fever. This disease is most prevalent in certain parts of Africa and South America. It isn’t curable, but you can prevent it with the yellow fever vaccine.

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The fun never stops: Climate change and swarms of giant mosquitoes in the Arctic Circle

Check out the National Geographic article on problems the Arctic Circle could have with global warming and local mosquitoes. These mozzies are absolutely gigantic, and because there are relatively few animals on which to feed for their blood meal in the Arctic, they are very persistent.

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ManiCare and the Manica Highlands Initiative

The Manica Highlands, an 8200 km2 trans-boundary mountain range situated on the Zimbabwe–Mozambique border, southern Africa, represents (on a small scale) the challenges facing sustainable development in both southern and eastern African mountains. These include the need for the sustainable provision of public goods and services, conservation of a unique evolutionary heritage, reducing poverty and climate change risks, political and economic stability, and effective trans-boundary policy management.

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AfroMont-Mt Kilimanjaro Mountain Research Meeting 22-26 February 2017

Afromont happyAt last – the online conference registration website is available.

AfroMont - Mt Kilimanjaro Mountain Research Conference 22 – 26 February 2017: the URL will be available from 1st August 2016 to register. Delegates can now register online and submit an abstract and make an EFT Payment to pay for their attendance.

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LOCS4Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress

22 - 24 March 2017, South Africa.

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments. The congress offers the opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local climate solutions and emerging trends relating to urban climate resilience and low carbon development in Africa.

ICLEI Africa hereby invites cities, development partners, researchers, innovators, business and practitioners to submit an abstract for consideration. The closing date for submission is 16th of September 2016. For more information, please see the website here:

12th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society (AFRAS)

22 - 25 January 2017, Worcester, South Africa

The 12th Colloquium of the African Arachnological Society (AFRAS) is to be held from 22-25 January 2017 at the ATKV Goudini Resort near Worcester, South Africa, approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town. AFRAS colloquiums are a tri-annual event focused on presenting research on all African arachnids, excluding mites. This time, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, Cape Wine Route and various other attractions. We look forward to hosting a productive and enjoyable meeting early next year and hope that you will be able to attend!

For more information, please contact Charles Haddad, Department of Zoology and entomology, University of the Free State, South Africa.


New publication about population connectivity in African lions

Cushman, SA; Elliot, NB; Macdonald, DW and Loveridge, AJ (2016): A multi-scale assessment of population connectivity in African lions (Panthera leo) in response to landscape change. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, 31 (6):1337-1353; 10.1007/s10980-015-0292-3 AUG 2016

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New publication on wildlife management in Tanzania

Caro, T and Davenport, TRB (2016): Wildlife and wildlife management in Tanzania. CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, 30 (4):716-723; 10.1111/cobi.12658 AUG 2016

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New publication on water availability in south Somalia

Michalscheck, M; Petersen, G and Gadain, H (2016): Impacts of rising water demands in the Juba and Shabelle river basins on water availability in south Somalia. HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES, 61 (10):1877-1889; 10.1080/02626667.2015.1058944 AUG 2016

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New publication about peri-urban conservation in Gabon

Walters, G; Stevart, T; Ikabanga, D; Biteau, JP; Hymas, O; White, LJT; Obiang, AMN; Ondo, PN; Jeffery, KJ; Lachenaud, O and Stevart, T (2016): Peri-urban conservation in the Mondah forest of Libreville, Gabon: Red List assessments of endemic plant species, and avoiding protected area downsizing. ORYX, 50 (3):419-430; 10.1017/S0030605315000204 JUL 2016

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New publication on water governance in Burkina Faso

Roncoli, C; Dowd-Uribe, B; Orlove, B; West, CT and Sanon, M (2016): Who counts, what counts: representation and accountability in water governance in the Upper Comoe sub-basin, Burkina Faso? NATURAL RESOURCES FORUM, 40 (1-2):6-20; 10.1111/1477-8947.12095 FEB-MAY 2016

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New publication about the Black-shouldered Kite in Swaziland

Howard, KA; Schwertner, TW; Muir, JP and Monadjem, A (2016): Habitat selection of the Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus in agroecosystems of Swaziland. OSTRICH, 87 (2):155-159; 10.2989/00306525.2016.1186122 2016

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New publication on the role of remote sensing in assisted development

Ryerson, R and Haack, B (2016): The Role of Remote Sensing in Assisted Development: Experience Drawn from Work in Over 40 Countries. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 42 (4):324-331; 10.1080/07038992.2016.1177448 2016

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AfroMont was initiated to focus research attention on the diverse problems facing the mountainous regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, as well as share information that may lead to the development of science-based solutions required for sustainable mountain development in the long term.

Anyone with an interest in African mountains and mountain research can contribute to this Digest, or to the blogs or the website. Please liaise with or send short concise material and photographs to Dr Sue Taylor. The AfroMont Research Digest is sent out every month to about 700 email addresses of the AfroMont Network.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Sue Taylor