The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network)
, in collaboration with Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment and partners, will be holding the second Africa Regional Mountains Forum (ARMF-2018), 12-14 September 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. ARMF-2018 will bring together over 100 participants, including officials from African government institutions, researchers, civil society actors, and private sector representatives from both Africa and other regions of the world.
The forum is organized under the theme 'African Mountains and Sustainable Development Agenda.' It will mainly focus on progress made in the implementation of the Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda by different stakeholders, who will be sharing their experiences of how mountains are contributing to the Sustainable Development Agenda in Africa and discussing how to harness their potential for the well-being of present and future generations. It is expected that the ARMF-2018 will provide recommendations for advancing the African Mountain Agenda in the context of Africa’s sustainable development.
African mountains provide vital goods and services, indispensable for human well-being and national, regional, and global economic growth. Their invaluable importance as water towers, biodiversity hotspots, indicators of climate change, and hubs of traditional indigenous knowledge offers a strategic opportunity to ensure the sustainable development of African countries. However, African mountains are facing multiple challenges, mainly driven by a rapidly growing population, unsustainable natural resource use, and climate change. This threatens the ability of mountain ecosystems to provide their essential goods and services, and undermines the livelihoods of mountain communities, while also drastically affecting the economic development of African countries. Sustainable mountain development in Africa is thus a key requirement for achieving sustainable development goals.
As summarized by Dr. Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director of the ARCOS Network, “Mountains supply more than half of humanity with water for drinking, irrigation, industry, food and energy production - thus holding the key to the well-being of people and other living things, as well as the key to the sustainable development we all aspire to [...] ARMF is an opportunity for Africans to reflect on where we are and what is needed to achieve sustainable mountain development against all the challenges, for the well-being of present and future generations.”
This event is organised with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
as part of the Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme.
More details about the event can be found in the event flyer.