WCS 3-Sentence Science
Challenging Mining Concessions in Africa’s Albertine Rift
February 7, 2020
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Samuel Ayebare and Deo Kujirakwinja on the impact of mining concessions on wildlife in Africa’s Albertine Rift.
- Researchers estimate that mining concessions now take up 33 percent of the Albertine Rift — one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions — and that some concessions harbor species with restricted ranges that need to be protected.
- The current protected area network covers 134,246 km2; an additional 64,586 km2 would be required to ensure the conservation of all threatened and endemic species outside the parks and wildlife reserves; but to avoid mining concessions, this increases to 145,704 km2 — an area larger than the existing protected areas.
- The authors conclude that mining concessions should be challenged by the conservation community.
Study and Journal: “Conservation planning for Africa’s Albertine Rift: Conserving a biodiverse region in the face of multiple threats” from Oryx
WCS Co-Author(s): Samuel Ayebare, Data Analysis and Oil Projects Manager, WCS Uganda; Deo Kujirakwinja, Project Manager Democratic Republic of Congo
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