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What to Expect

Learn about current dynamics, innovative pathways and enabling partnerships for resilience, adaptation and transformative solutions around the world

Space for dialogue and sharing of your own experiences and expertise

Platform for networking with dedicated people, reflecting mountain development priorities in view of global change

Help building strategic alliances and partnerships for a mountain specific climate and development agenda

Full Objectives of Theamatic Track 3

Building resilience under conditions of global change, while ensuring and supporting sustainable mountain development and human security, also compels a view to examine the capacity for transformative changes in social-ecological systems in mountains. In three dedicated sessions, the objective for this thematic track is to explore, and better understand, key dependencies between humans and nature in the mountain space today, and how mountain communities and ecosystems are currently interacting under conditions of rapid global change. More specifically, we seek to explore if and how these processes of change align with our views of desirable futures for mountains and people, and how we may reach those desired outcomes through action.

T - 1.3    Current trends and dynamics

Understand the dynamics of mountain communities’ interaction with their environment under conditions of global change
We seek inputs and contributions that help us better understand how mountain communities and ecosystems are currently interacting under conditions of rapid global change, and the consequences these are having for the resilience of communities and the ability to support essential ecosystems functions. Specific and concrete examples that look at impacts through interactions between resources, governance, and users, are most welcome.

T - 2.3    Pathways towards a sustainable mountain future

Explore current practices and solutions that aim at building resilience for mountain communities and ecosystems
We seek inputs and contributions that help us assess and scrutinize current practices and solutions that aim at building resilience for mountain communities and ecosystems, particularly in how these trigger transformative change towards desired outcomes for sustainable mountain development. We welcome contributions that offer critical insights on new livelihood opportunities and conservation options for ecosystems, and how these can be scaled and/or transferred to different contexts.

T - 3.3    Enabling partnerships

Identify innovative cooperation mechanisms and alliances that promote transformative change towards a sustainable future
We seek inputs and contributions that help us identify and compare different modes of cooperation mechanisms and alliances from the local to global level that promote resilience building and increase the capacities of mountain communities to explore new sustainable livelihood options.

Guiding Questions

How can we explore and understand  the resilience of social-ecological system in a given mountain context and under uncertain change?

What are the most critical stressors that impact the capacity of mountain communities to cope with disturbances?

What type of policy strategies and robust interventions on the ground can effectively contribute to build resilience of mountain social-ecological systems in a way that enables transformation towards a more sustainable mountain future?

Which are the key conditions and mechanisms that have led to successful coping strategies  in a given context? How transferable are they to other mountain contexts?

How can mountain communities be empowered to build supportive alliances and become active agents of change and effectively participate in negotiating resilience building solutions?

What are the key attributes, structures and services that networks and partnerships should have and provide to support cooperation within and between mountain regions with the aim to promote transformation towards a more sustainable future in mountains?

Contribution and Submission Process

Short abstracts (350-400 words) are invited to address one of the four core themes for the review by the scientific steering committee. Selected authors  will be asked to present their contributions at the WMF 2018 in a poster format followed by a 7 minute ‘flash-talk’. Inputs are sought to discuss potential collaborative mechanisms, innovative partnerships and alliances conducive to reconciling demands and claims. Please refer to content and suggested guiding questions to address and shape your proposed contribution accordingly.

All proposals should be submitted using the forum's official website. Deadline for contribution proposals is Sunday 29 July 2018, 11:59 (GMT +6). 

When and Where

Please refer to the conference programme.

Track coordinators: Susanne Wymann von Dach (CDE), Carolina Adler (MRI), and Maria Arguello (CONDESAN)