Climate Resilient Altitudinal Gradients - CRAGs
Altitudinal Gradients matter: they are important for domestic, industrial water supplies and sustain Key Biodiversity Areas. In the context of the African Great Lakes Region, the freshwater provision and regulation is the most crucial ecosystem service that is driven by Altitudinal Gradients. These landscapes are likely to occur everywhere; ranging from the very steep slopes in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Catchments (Rwanda, DRC and Burundi), to the more gentle hillsides around Lake Victoria (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania). However, these mountains experience increasing pressures, including climate change and unsustainable land use practices. If these gradients remain dangerously vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the well-being of humans and natural ecosystems is threatened.