The Southern African Mountain Conference (SAMC 2022) will be the first truly southern African regional mountain conference, targeting the African region south of the Congo Rainforest (DRC) and Lake Rukwa (Tanzania), but including Madagascar, Comoros and the Mascarenes (i.e. Angola, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo [southern mountains], Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, La Réunion, South Africa, southern Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
Organised by the African Mountain Research Foundation (AMRF), in association with the Afromontane Research Unit (ARU – University of the Free State) and Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS – United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and Eurac Research) the conference will bring relevant people together into one space for networking and information sharing, leading to more robust regional and international collaborations and comparative mountain studies with an increase in research activities, student capacity, researcher capacity and academic outputs that feed into policy and action.
With expressed interest from the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) and others, SAMC 2022 promises to promote a strong, multi-disciplinary community of practice for southern African mountains and encourage a robust science-policy-action pipeline for the sustainable development of southern African mountains.
From 14 to 17 March 2022 in the majestic Maloti-Drakensberg mountains of South Africa-Lesotho, this is an event everyone with an interest in mountains should attend!
What about COVID-19? Under current conditions we are planning for a fully face-to-face event subject to prevailing regulations. Should circumstances change significantly we will adapt to a hybrid event.