Environmental issues in Central Africa



Abernethy K, Maisels F & White L (2016) Environmental issues in Central Africa. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 41 (1), pp. 1-33.;

The Central African forests, the planet's second largest rainforest block, are key to global environmental health. They influence climate change through their crucial role in carbon sinking and storage, affect weather patterns across Africa, and safeguard unique species and biodiverse communities. Their fate is important to everyone, not just today's inhabitants. The forests cover seven countries, and the differing socioeconomic histories and trajectories of these nations determine divergent fates for people, trees, and wildlife across the region. We review current knowledge of how the Central African forests have been shaped by climate and human activity within the region and assess how they may evolve under future climate change, population growth, and the Anthropocene race for wealth and energy. We highlight three different environmental trajectories for the countries of the region, identify key current regional issues that have an international dimension, and highlight five new points of future concern.  Article can be read at:

Annual Review of Environment and Resources: Volume 41, Issue 1

Publication date31/10/2016
Publication date online10/2016
Date accepted by journal02/09/2016
PublisherAnnual Reviews
Publisher URL…on-110615-085415

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Professor Katharine Abernethy

Professor Katharine Abernethy

Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Professor Fiona Maisels

Professor Fiona Maisels

Honorary Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences