AfroMont, 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 Kili giant Lobelias, Dr Claudia Hemp
The AfroMont-Mt Kili mountain research meeting has come and gone and was a small, but satisfying event that brought both African and European scholars together to discuss a wide range of mountain research topics. Presentations covered vegetation change on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to mountain dung beetles, changes in the Pangani River Basin, and even the ancient lineages of endemic Lobelias in the mountains of East Africa. You should come next time – there will be something of interest that will make you think differently about Africa’s very beautiful mountains and the still vast amount of research that is needed to help us understand how they are changing. Attending the conference were new PhD students and seasoned African researchers and policy makers from Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Germany. Scientists from other regions wanted to attend but as always, funding for conference travel was a problem. A set of Expanded Abstracts for the AfroMont-Mt Kili conference will be distributed at the end of March 2017. The next AfroMont conference organised for African mountain science will be in Morocco in 2019.
This issue offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility, and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind. This broad and often integrative thematic coverage, calling upon a number of disciplines, is relevant in the context of the recently adopted UN resolution 71/234 on “Sustainable Mountain Development”. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia.
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Authors of original papers, or conference papers that have been significantly extended or otherwise enhanced in comparison to the original conference paper, for the special issue should be submitted through the ISPRS Journal web site http://ees.elsevier.com/photo/ ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’. The papers will go through a 2 stage review process, commencing with a 750 word abstract. Following acceptance of abstracts soon after submission, as appropriate for the Special Issue, full papers can be submitted for the normal Journal peer review process before publication. The planned timeline for processing paper is as follows: (Please send the abstract of your proposed paper to the guest editor's email at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts: 13 May 2017 Deadline for submission of papers: 30 July 2017 Completion of review process: 31 January 2018
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The conference is targeting policy makers, development and funding agencies, scientific leaders and community, media and private sector groups. These stakeholders will also collaborate on finding solutions to pressing lake basin issues in the region and commit to an ongoing dialogue about how to effectively address them. The African Great Lakes Conference (AGLC) is spearheaded by the African Great Lakes initiative led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in collaboration with the Lake Tanganyika Authority.
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.