Albertine Rift, Africa

  • Anton Seimon
  • Andrew Plumptre


Despite high human population density and extreme levels of poverty, Albertine Rift remains one of Africa’s most important conservation priorities. Incorporating what are likely to be major impacts of climate change into conservation in this landscape requires the development of basic information on transboundary cooperation relationships between climate and biodiversity and addressing short-term conservation needs as well as longer-term planning. Given uncertainties in how climate change will unfold in the Albertine Rift landscape, conservation priorities are focused on safeguarding high-elevation and mountainous habitats, and maintaining or reestablishing connectivity between those areas.


Protected Area Climate Change Adaptation Anthropogenic Climate Change Mountain Gorilla High Human Population Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anton Seimon
  • Andrew Plumptre
    • 1
  1. 1.Programs of the Wildlife Conservation SocietyUSA

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