Mountains are home to many of the most vulnerable ecosystems that are impacted by climate change. The complexity and diversity of socio-ecological systems in mountains present many unique challenges that require multiple research approaches. Mountain benefits (e.g, ecosystem services, adaptation services, commodities, resources) are increasingly threatened by the diverse social and biophysical changes occurring in mountains. Addressing these complex challenges requires cross-scale partnerships among researchers, stakeholders, and decision-makers to jointly identify problems and potential solutions that meet the needs of mountain communities.
This paper session brings together speakers and participants whose work is addressing sustainability challenges in mountain social-ecological systems worldwide. We seek to identify innovative partnerships, processes, and tools that can advance research and practice for transforming towards sustainable mountain futures. We hope to share research, experiences, and lessons from diverse mountain sites worldwide.
Topics of interest include transformation and adaptation of socio-ecological systems in mountain regions, phytotopographic interactions, conservation and restoration incentives of alpine ecosystems, science working with society (e.g., decision-makers, resource users, business or others) or mountain communities, gender and resilience and mountain education, among others.
|Presenter||Gabriel Zeballos Castellon*, The Ohio State University, Karina Yager, Stony Brook University, Bryan Mark, The Ohio State University, Rosa Isela Meneses, Universidad Católica del Norte (Chile), Bofedales: An Atlas for the High-Altitude Wetlands of the Andes||15||1:30 PM|
|Presenter||Gregory Knapp*, University of Texas - Austin, Sustainable or Trajectory Geographies? Multiple Actors and Change in the Rural Equatorial Andes||15||1:45 PM|
|Presenter||Holly Moulton*, University of Oregon, Gender, Environmental Change and Resilience in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca||15||2:00 PM|
|Presenter||Karl Zimmerer*, Pennsylvania State University, Indigenous Smallholder Struggles in Peru: Transforming Nutrition Security, Agrobiodiversity, and Food Sovereignty amid Transforming Global Changes (2016-2021)||15||2:15 PM|
|Presenter||Sisimac Duchicela*, University of Texas - Austin, Kenneth R. Young, University of Texas at Austin, Ecological restoration for changing mountain ecosystems: Institutions and goals||15||2:30 PM|
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