The forests that grow on the mountains and high plateaux of Africa are life-supporting systems for millions of people. They sustain economies and livelihoods, protect water supplies and soil, and help resilience to climate breakdown.

In a continent already vulnerable to cycles of drought and flood, climate change in Africa is linked to another problem – land degradation. The unique olive-juniper mountain forests of Africa are fast being lost. Colonial timber extraction, economic pressures, and forest clearance for agriculture to feed people all play their part.

Many people now argue ...


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