AFRICAN MOUNTAIN RESEARCH is a UK registered organisation set up to scope system-level approaches to sustainable development, conservation and research across the Afromontane.
5% of Africa’s land mass rises above 1,500m. There are seven Afromontane regions: West African & Cameroon Highlands, Ethiopian & Arabian Highlands, Western (Albertine) Rift, Eastern Rift, Southern Rift, Eastern Highlands and Drakensberg Mountains.
These discontinuous mountain systems currently provide vital ecosystem services such as water catchment to lowland agriculture and Africa’s rapidly urbanising population, but they are vulnerable to the impact of climate change and population growth. The trans-boundary nature of these systems makes it hard for national governments to make meaningful policy responses. At the current time there is no African framework for sustainable mountain development. A lack of data on Africa’s mountains also makes a system-level approach more difficult.