Southern Sudans riches biodiversity threathen by
The mountains of Southern Sudan carries
Afro-Montane vegetation and is one of the largest Podocapus forest in East Africa.
As such the vegetation holds the highest biodiversity in Southern Sudan and
Imatong massive alone processes half of the known plant species in Sudan. Forest on Mt.Tereteina is now history and the forest of Didinga Mts. have
has almost dissappeared - since early 70'ties (not shown) the forest have been
reduced to less than a quarter.
A change detection study of the mountains of Southern Sudan
reveal a massive deforestation during the observation period between 1986
and 2010. The satellite image analysis further confirms that the deforestation
is ongoing at certain places and predicts that Mt. Dongotona will be totally
deforestated by 2020 if the situation is not changed.
Client: PRINS Engineering
contribution to development of Southern Sudan.
PRINS, E and FRIIS. I. (2005).
Satellite analysis of the vegetation on the Imatong moutains in Southern Sudan
and Northern Uganda. In: FRIIS. I and VOLLESEN, K. (2005):
With interpretation of satellite imagery by Erik Prins and Ib Friss and a
chapter on zoogeography by
Skrifter 51:2. p 672-681.
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.