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Challenging Mining Concessions in Africa’s Albertine Rift

CREDIT: FIDÈLE KAVUBA
  1. Researchers estimate that mining concessions now take up 33 percent of the Albertine Rift — one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions — and that some concessions harbor species with restricted ranges that need to be protected.
  2. The current protected area network covers 134,246 km2; an additional 64,586 km2 would be required to ensure the conservation of all threatened and endemic species outside the parks and wildlife reserves; but to avoid mining concessions, this increases to 145,704 km2 — an area larger than the existing protected areas.
  3. The authors conclude that mining concessions should be challenged by the conservation community.

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