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First African Mountains Regional Forum
“Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa”

22-24 October 2014 | Arusha, Tanzania

African Mountains Regional Forum
The First African Mountains Regional Forum themed “Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa,” convened in Arusha, Tanzania, from 22-24 October 2014. The meeting was organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee, in partnership with the East African Community, the UN Environment Programme, the Austrian Development Cooperation, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The meeting brought together over 100 participants representing, inter alia, government, academia, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

During the meeting, participants: identified strategic actions to address major emerging issues; addressed the promotion of linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa; and shared lessons learned and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including biodiversity, water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions. The key outcome of the meeting was the adoption of the Arusha Outcomes, which many participants hoped would raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development agenda.

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Cultural dance group welcoming the guests
Sam Kanyamibwa, Albertine Rift Conservation Society, giving his welcome address
Jesca Eriyo, East African Community, welcoming participants
Elisabeth Soetz, Austrian Development Cooperation, facilitating the the session on Water, Energy and Food Security Challenges in African Mountains
Nyelembe D. Munasa, Arumeru District Commissioner, Tanzania, concluding the introductory session to the Forum
Robert Wabunoha, UNEP, addressing the Forum
Olivier Chave, Swiss Ambassador to Tanzania, concluding the panel discussion on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Participants during the opening ceremony
Family photo of participants at the African Regional Mountain Forum

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