The ARCOS calls for special attention in Paris climate change deal to support the climate change adaptation in African mountains
As the Africa secretariat for the Mountain Partnership and Africa Regional Mountain Forum, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) calls for a special attention in Paris climate change deal to support the climate change adaptation in African mountains.
|Source||Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)|
|Keywords||African mountains, partnership, climate change|
As the world gathers in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to shape a new international agreement on climate change that keeps global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius; the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) calls for special attention for mountains as one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
It is important to note the differences that exist in how different ecosystems respond to climate change and thus reflect these differences in the adaptation and mitigation policies that are discussed. It has scientifically been proven and evidence abounds which shows, that some ecosystems are more vulnerable and some community groups disproportionately bear the blunt of climate change. Mountains ecosystems are among these and indeed mountains have come to be taken as the early warning indicators of climate change, due to their high susceptibility on the effects of changing climate. This, coupled with the cultural, historical and political characteristics of mountain communities, makes mountain dwellers the most exposed group of population in Africa and therefore equally disproportionate effort need to be put in supporting them to adapt to the effects of climate change.
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