UNEP Releases Atlas Documenting African Environmental Change


10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,

satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment

over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from

7-12 June 2008.

The Atlas documents the effects of

climate change, among other environmental drivers, on natural assets. Changes

shown in the images include shrinking glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro and in

Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains, underlying, according to Achim Steiner, UN

Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, “the urgent need for the

international community to deliver a new climate agreement by the climate change

convention meeting in Copenhagen in 2009 – one that not only delivers deep

emission reductions but also accelerates the flow of funds for adaptation and

the climate proofing of economies.” [UNEP

Press Release] [Africa:

Atlas of Our Changing Environment]