Presentations at Fourth MWECAU International Conference

  • DATE / TIME:
    2022/07/25    08:00 - 2022/07/29    13:30
    Moshi, Tanzania

    Organisers: Mwenge Catholic University (MWECAU), Technische Universität Dresden, University Leuven (KU Leuven), The Nelson Mandela-African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), University of Antwerp


    Tropical mountains are crucial in building resilient landscapes. Their favourable conditions in terms of climate and soil translate into a high need for provisioning ecosystem services. At the same time, they are also crucial in regulating downstream processes such as clean water supply. Mountainous environments in the tropics are also most vulnerable to land degradation and climate change; however, they remain understudied. Therefore, research and innovation into climate-smart and inclusive solutions for the world’s tropical mountains will be crucial for securing livelihoods and ecosystem services.

    During the “Sustainable provision of ecosystem services in tropical mountains” session, Dr Lulu Zhang will present her research on “The environmental sustainability of protective measures in mountain environment”. She will discuss how the Resource Nexus could contribute to climate-smart solutions for tropical mountain environments and support building resilience.

    Lulu Zhang’s presentation is scheduled for 26 July 2022, 12.45-13.00 (EAT).

    During the “Socio-ecological Nexus in Tropical Mountains: Opportunities and Challenges” session, Simon Chidodo will present his doctoral research titled “Multifunctional landscapes under climate change conditions in East Usambara, Tanzania”, funded by the Saxon State Ministry for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture (SMEKUL).

    This project has been designed to closely collaborate with UNDCO, following recent discussions about research on climate, environment and food systems policies in Africa. It aims to support most African countries in recovering from additional challenges like managing food supply chains, accessing fertilisers and protecting food security inflicted by COVID19 restrictions and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

    Simon Chidodo’s presentation is scheduled for 26 July 2022, 12.00-12.15 (EAT).

    The Fourth MWECAU International Conference 2022 will take place from 25 – 29 July 2022.


    The conference is held in North-East (NE) Tanzania, home to various mountainous systems, from the highest African volcano to the Precambrian Block Mountains. NE Tanzania is an excellent example of how societies can enable or prevent land degradation: some of its land-use systems, such as the Kihamba home gardens, have been recognised by FAO as a ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS)’ and ‘Climate-smart agriculture success story’, while severe land degradation continues in other sites.

    The objectives of the conference are

    • Disseminate and discuss current research on climate-smart solutions for the tropics
    • Connect scientists and policymakers from multiple disciplines on the issue of resilience in tropical mountain environments
    • Evaluate human actions in their living environment as mitigators or amplifiers of future climate challenges.
    • Advocate the need to include the situation of vulnerable groups and persons with special needs in land restoration designs.
    • Determine roadways to inclusive and sustainable rural development programmes .

    Related Links:
    Conference programme (provisional)
    Session website
    Conference website


    Mwenge Catholic University (MWECAU)
    Moshi, Kilimanjaro