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Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa by Kenneth Masuki, Tilahun Amede, Jeremias Mowo, Laura Anne German

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INTEGRATED NATURALRESOURCE MANAGEMENT

From theory to practice

Laura German, Jeremias Mowo, and Chris Opondo

Introduction

Highlands worldwide are important repositories of biodiversity as well as water towers for vast lowland and urban populations. The highlands of eastern Africa are no exception, with the Eastern Arc mountains home to a host of endemic species and a globally renowned biodiversity hotspot (Burgess et al., 1998). Yet while the ecological importance of highland areas cannot be underestimated, neither should their cultural and economic importance. Surrounded in most eastern African countries by semi-arid lowlands, the highlands have historically been home to disproportionately large human populations attracted by good rainfall, ...

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