COMING UP: SECOND AFRICA REGIONAL MOUNTAINS FORUM
The second Africa Regional Mountains Forum is organized by ARCOS Network in collaboration with Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment and Mountain Partnership, with funding support from Swiss Agency For Development and Cooperation (SDC), UN Environment and Water for Growth.
Theme: “African Mountains & Sustainable Development Agenda”
The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) in collaboration with Rwanda’s Ministry of Environment and Partners are organizing the second Africa Regional Mountains Forum (ARMF-2018) to take place from 12th to 14th September 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The forum is organized under the main theme “African Mountains and Sustainable Development Agenda.” It will mainly focus on the progress in the implementation of Sustainable Mountain Development agenda by different stakeholders and share their experiences on how mountains are contributing to the sustainable development agenda in Africa and discuss how to harness their potential for the well-being of present and future generations.
It is expected that the ARMF-2018 deliberations will provide recommendations for advancing the African Mountain Agenda in the context of Africa’s sustainable development.
“Mountains supply more than half of humanity with water for drinking, irrigation, industry, food and energy production thus holds key to the well-being of people and other livings as well as the key to sustainable development we all aspire. In Africa, people are so much connected with mountains. What affects mountains would put all of us lives in jeopardy in one way all another, but we still have and must do something together for sustainable mountain development. 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,” Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, the Executive Director of ARCOS Network.
African mountains provide vital goods and services, indispensable for human wellbeing 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 offer a strategic opportunity to ensure sustainable development of African countries. However, African mountains are facing multiple challenges, mainly driven by fast growing population, unsustainable natural resources use which are worsened by climate change. This threatens the ability of mountain ecosystems to provide their essential goods and services and undermine livelihoods of mountain communities while affecting drastically the economic development of African countries. Sustainable mountain development in Africa is thus a key requirement for achieving sustainable development goals.
ARMF-2018 will convene more than 100 participants including officials from African government institutions, as well as researchers, civil society actors and private sector members from Africa and other regions of the world. This event is organised with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation as part of a global programme on “Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC). We welcome more partners.
Since the creation in 1995 of the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network), mountains have been at the core of its programs, and collaboration among stakeholders is a key aspect of its search for sustainable solutions to threats affecting African mountains.
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