Call for Papers: African Mountains Regional Forum

African mountains provide indispensable goods and services for communities living in and around them, and for various downstream users. Mountains also harbour unique biodiversity, provide non-timber forest products: water, food and energy security at local, national, and regional levels. However, pressure from increasing human activities and climate change are leading to rapid montane biodiversity loss, land degradation and natural disasters, jeopardizing their ability to balance people’s needs.

ARCOS and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as part of a global programme “Promoting Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change-SMD4GC” are organising the African Mountains Regional Forum 2014, with the overall objective of enhancing collaboration and framing a regional agenda for sustainable mountain development challenges in African mountains.

Specific objectives
The specific objectives of the Africa Regional Mountain Forum are:

1. To provide an opportunity for different sustainable
mountain development stakeholders to enhance understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region;
2. To share lessons and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions;
3. To identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues such as climate change in the region.
4. To promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders (governments, civil society and private sector) for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa
5. The Forum will also entail a special session devoted to UNEP’s inter-regional project “Climate Change action in developing countries with fragile mountainous ecosystems from a sub-regional perspective”

Themes
The Forum will take three days from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th October 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania, and will focus on the themes below:

Theme 1: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Theme 2: African Mountains and Climate Change
Theme 3: Water, Energy and Food Security Challenges in African Mountains
Theme 4: Community livelihoods and Development
Theme5: Mainstreaming African Mountains in National, Regional and Development Agenda

Participants
Participants from African government institutions, academia, civil society and private sector are expected to attend the forum. Those who are interested in sharing experiences in the region and giving a presentation or a poster are encouraged to contact the Forum Focal Points below. Due to limited funds, priority will be given to participants from the region, especially those who are able to secure part of the funding.

Key dates
15 July 2014: Deadline for selection of speakers
30 July 2014: Final list of participants
15 August 2014: Announcement of selected presentations
30 August 2014: Registration deadline
15 September 2014: Deadline for final version of presentations

Click here for a full announcement. A special event website will be available soon at: www.arcosnetwork/events/amrf14. For additional information, please contact:

ARCOS
Ms Salome Alweny
African Mountains Programme Manager
Email: salweny@arcosnetwork.org
Tel: +256 414 530 700.
Website: www.arcosnetwork.org