Prospects and Conclusions
In the past decade there has been both an increase in understanding of the
conservation value of East Africa's high mountains, and an increase in efforts to
actually conserve them. The desire to act seems to be there, but the ability to act is
still hampered by a lack of money, a lack of administrative enforcement, and a lack
of political will, especially at middle levels of government. It is no exaggeration to
say that future economic development in East Africa will depend in no small part on
the degree to which these critical mountain ecosystems are protected and understood.
Research in these ecosystems, especially the forests, is sorely lacking (
bright light has been the hydrological and soils research in Mount Kenya's forests
carried out by the Laikipia Research Programme (
32). If such quality research
were expanded to broader ecological questions and to other mountains, it would go a
long way toward filling our embarrassing lack of knowledge about the some of the
most important ecosystems in East Africa.
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Book title: East African Ecosystems and Their Conservation.
Contributors: T. R. McClanahan - Editor, T. P. Young - Editor.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 423.
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