Mountains are iconic social-ecological systems that are globally ubiquitous yet locally unique. They are critical sentinels of climate change, as warming is occurring faster at higher altitudes. Mountains provide key ecosystem services, such as fresh water, to over half the planet’s human population. These benefits are threatened by diverse social and ecological changes occurring in mountains. Addressing the complex challenges facing mountains requires cross-scale partnerships among researchers, stakeholders and decision-makers to jointly identify desired futures and adaptation pathways, assess tradeoffs in prioritizing ecosystem services, and share best practices for mountain sustainability.
In this session, we invite speakers and participants whose work is addressing sustainability challenges in mountain social-ecological systems worldwide. We invite researchers using a variety of tools and especially those using a combination of approaches (e.g. social-ecological systems modeling, empirical case studies, participatory approaches, remote sensing, local knowledge, citizen science, ecosystem service assessment, nature-based solutions) to address issues facing mountain environments and people, with impacts beyond the mountains themselves. We seek to identify innovative partnerships, processes, and tools that can advance the research and practice for transforming towards sustainable mountain futures. We hope to share studies, experiences and lessons from diverse mountain sites worldwide.
|Presenter||Kara Chipiwalt*, , Emotional Evidence of Change: Highlanders Gendered Experiences with Glacial Retreat in the Peruvian Andes||20||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Anna Bebbington*, Macalester College, Chacra Farming in Peasant Livelihood Portfolios and Identities in the Peruvian High Andes||20||8:20 AM|
|Presenter||Laura Caplins*, Nature-Link Institute, Keith Bosak, University of Montana , Sarah Halvorson, University of Montana , Beyond Resistance: A Political Ecology of Cordyceps as Alpine Niche Product in the Garhwal, Indian Himalaya||20||8:40 AM|
|Presenter||Irena Mrak , College of Environmental Protection, Velenje, Slovenije, Sarah Jean Halvorson*, Department of Geography, Negotiating New Riskscapes in the Production of Tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Pakistan||20||9:00 AM|
|Presenter||Catherine Tucker*, University of Florida, Using Ethnographic Methods to Enhance Collaborative Research Toward Sustainability in Mountain Environments||20||9:20 AM|
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