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||Sarah J. Halvorson*, Department of Geography, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana , Irena Mrak , Environmental Protection College of Slovenia , Slovenia’s Model of Mountain-Oriented Education||15||3:05 PM|
|Presenter||Anaïs Zimmer*, University of Texas - Austin, Timothy beach, University of Texas - Austin, The Need for International Conservation of Lands Exposed by Deglaciation From Climate Change||15||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Catherine Tucker*, University of Florida, Julia Klein , Colorado State University , Alexey Gunya, Russian Academy of Geography, Elizabeth Jimenez, CIDES, Understanding Challenges for Sustainable Mountain Governance: Results of a Global Survey||15||3:35 PM|
|Presenter||Julia Klein*, Colorado State University, Siya Aggrey, Stellenbosch University, Uganda, Phurwa Dhondup, University of Colorado, Katie Kamelamela, Hawaii Tropical Experimental Forest, Working Towards Sustainable Mountain Systems: Lessons from the Mountain Sentinels Fellows||15||3:50 PM|
|Discussant||Julia Klein Colorado State University||15||4:05 PM|
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