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Getting Climate-smart with the Mountain Gorilla in the Greater Virunga Landscape: A Species and Climate Change Brief for the Vanishing Treasures Programme

dc.contributorEcosystems Divisionen_US
dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programmeen_US
dc.coverage.spatialDemocratic Republic of the Congoen_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-20T08:38:30Z
dc.date.available2020-11-20T08:38:30Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11822/34368
dc.descriptionMountains are an important refuge for biodiversity, providing shelter to many endangered animal and plant species through high altitude and relatively inaccessible landscapes. In Africa, the biodiverse Albertine Rift is a region of global significance for its high endemism. It is home to many endangered species, including the emblematic mountain gorillas, found in the transboundary Virunga Volcanoes, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Sarambwe Reserve. Made famous by primatologist Dian Fossey, mountain gorillas dwindled to an estimate of 250 individuals in the Virunga Massif in 1981, but the population has been recovering over the years, thanks to intensive efforts in conservation, research and surveillance, and the global population now stands at just over 1,000 individuals. Despite this positive trend, mountain gorillas remain endangered. In addition to the emerging threat of climate change, the region has one of the highest human population densities in rural Africa, and pressure on natural resources is very high.en_US
dc.formatTexten_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.rightsPublicen_US
dc.subjectCLIMATE CHANGEen_US
dc.subjectECOSYSTEMSen_US
dc.subjectMOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMSen_US
dc.subjectFOREST ECOSYSTEMSen_US
dc.subjectMOUNTAIN GORILLASen_US
dc.subjectBIOLOGICAL DIVERSITYen_US
dc.titleGetting Climate-smart with the Mountain Gorilla in the Greater Virunga Landscape: A Species and Climate Change Brief for the Vanishing Treasures Programmeen_US
dc.typeBriefs, Summaries, Policies and Strategiesen_US
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 13 - Climate Actionen_US
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Landen_US
wd.topicsClimate changeen_US
wd.topicsEcosystems and biodiversityen_US
wd.topicsForestsen_US
wd.identifier.pagesnumber12 p.en_US


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