Dimensions of Global Change in African Mountains: The Example of Mount Kenya

Kiteme, Boniface P.; Liniger, Hanspeter; Notter, Benedikt; Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Kohler, Thomas (2008). Dimensions of Global Change in African Mountains: The Example of Mount Kenya. IHDP Update, 2008(2), pp. 18-23. IHDP International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change

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This paper discusses the effects of global change in African mountains, with the example of Mount Kenya. The geographical focus is the northwestern, semi-arid foot zone of the mountain (Laikipia District). Over the past 50 years, this area has experienced rapid and profound transformation, the respective processes of which are all linked to global change. The main driving forces behind these processes have been political and economic in nature. To these an environmental change factor has been added in recent years – climate change. After introducing the area of research, the paper presents three dimensions of global change that are manifested in the region and largely shape its development: Socio-political change, economic change, environmental change. For the regions northwest of Mount Kenya, climate models predict important changes in rainfall distribution that will have a profound impact on freshwater availability and management. The results presented here are based on research undertaken northwest of Mount Kenya within the framework of a series of long-term Kenyan-Swiss research programmes that began in the early 1980s.

Item Type:

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Liniger, Hanspeter; Notter, Benedikt; Wiesmann, Urs Martin and Kohler, Thomas

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

1727-155X

Publisher:

IHDP International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

21 Jul 2015 07:28

Last Modified:

12 Sep 2017 19:06

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.70283

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70283

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