News 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.

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Source Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
Release date 04/12/2015
Contributor Sindikubwabo Martin
Geographical coverage Africa,
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.

Many approaches have been adopted in the adaptation plans and technology is sometimes one of the tools utilized for this end. However, in the case of mountain areas, increase of finance and efficient technologies are not enough. Given the highly important ecosystem services provided by mountains, such as water, an adaptation approach that aims at maintaining those services and reducing vulnerability of mountains’ environments and their inhabitants is the most likely to bear good results. Indeed, such ecosystem-based adaptation initiatives have been piloted in many mountain areas in Africa and the success that has been registered by these initiative has added to the merits of this approach.
As the Africa secretariat for the Mountain Partnership and Africa Regional Mountain Forum, the ARCOS calls for special attention in Paris climate change deal to support the climate change adaptation in African mountains.

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