The changing landscapes of East Africa

News | Posted on Monday 3 October 2016

The fast emerging economies of East Africa are changing land use across the region with significant impacts on stores of carbon and water flows. Areas of agricultural wealth, varied wildlife, and cultural heritage, are evolving rapidly and in some cases cease to exist.

The University of York’s Department of Environment have spent decades researching the impacts of climate change, as well as how people interact with the environment, natural resource use, and conservation across the region.  In a recent in pictures feature article Dr Robert Marchant describes the uses and challenges facing this vast and important land through a series of images he has captured on his field work.

The new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) provides a great opportunity for the University to support its ongoing work in East Africa and more broadly harness the expertise of its world-class research base to pioneer new transformative ways of tackling the challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable populations. If you are interested in finding more out about the Global Challenges Research Fund and discussing your ideas then please get in touch with the YESI leadership team. Sue Hartley is a member of the University of York GCRF Steering Group.