Professor Rob Marchant (Department of Environment and Geography) delivers his YorkTalk ‘The mountains and people of Africa: creating a more sustainable future from the ground up’ at the University of York, January 2020.
The mountain regions of Africa support the majority of its population as they have the highest rainfall, biodiversity and agricultural production. But, as Professor Rob Marchant argues, they are also vulnerable to change. To meet that change Professor Marchant has pioneered a research method that draws on the wisdom and insights of those who know the landscape first-hand, developing solutions that have credibility and traction with communities and their leaders. This talk traverses a landscape that ranges from rainforest to permanent ice. It also explores the remarkable range of African expertise here in York, as Professor Marchant explains how more than 120 researchers across all three faculties are engaged in 43 of Africa's 56 nations. These academics have come together as the Africa Network at York to harness their research insights and efforts to the sustainability goals of African people. Learn about the York Institute for Tropical Ecosystems (KITE): https://www.york.ac.uk/environment/research/kite/