A bio-diverse region
Albertine Rift Region
The Albertine Rift region is one of the most bio-diverse regions of the African continent. However, the region is heavily threatened as a result of poverty and human demography leading to deforestation and animal poaching. ARCOS was established for the region as the primary focus. It has spearheaded stakeholders engagement in the Albertine Rift since 1999 when the first Albertine Rift Regional Forum was organised.
In 2007, ARCOS developed a regional biodiversity monitoring framework to harmonise all biodiversity monitoring efforts in the region that culminated to the Albertine Rift Biodiversity Portal launched in 2014, supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between biodiversity data holders in the region to share their data and exchange information.