Geographic Context
Focus on Altitudinal Gradients

Exploring the Highland-Plain System Interdependence

The LKCCAP international research collaboratory is focused on the highland-plain systems of the Kilimanjaro Region (hyperlink to regional map). Previous research by team members suggests that flows of knowledge, labor, financial capital, commodities, and livestock up and down altitudinal gradients can expand livelihood options, increase adaptive capacity, and interact with local institutions. We are studying how these processes impact the social dynamics of natural resource access and the evolution of local knowledge in the context of climate change and environmental change more broadly. The study of local knowledge as a component of both short-term coping and longer-term adaptation can identify a range of spatial strategies undertaken by socially differentiated communities.