Mountain treeline ecotones: Threshold dynamics and climatic relationships (3)

In the third treeline session for the conference, the emphasis shifted to competition and ecosystem processes operating within the treeline ecotone. The session continued to be well attended even for one late in the day. Alison Hester started out the session by reporting on a multi-authored meta-analysis of the importance of herbivory at treeline. The … More Mountain treeline ecotones: Threshold dynamics and climatic relationships (3)

Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (2)

Blog contribution by the session chair, Sam Kanyamibwa (skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org), posted by Harald Bugmann. The session was composed of 6 presentations: 20-1- Studying trade-offs between timber production, protection and biodiversity in uneven-aged mountain forests (Dr Valentine Lafond). 20-2: Can adapted forest management sustain the provision of multiple ecosystem services in different European mountain regions? (Mr Marco Mina) … More Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (2)

RT. What are the key policy venues for mountain regions?

In the Round Table Session “what are the key policy venues for mountain regions” international dialogues and negotiations will be discussed in which mountain issues should be considered, included or mainstreamed. The formulation process of the SDGs in which, through the corporate efforts of the Mountain Partnership, mountains have been included in three different targets … More RT. What are the key policy venues for mountain regions?

Challenges of landuse decision making in an increasingly nested and networked would

CHALLENGES OF LAND-USE DECISION MAKING IN AN INCREASING NESTED AND NETWORKED WORLD By Jack Shroder and Thomas Kohler This session was quite challenging and full of good new observations and information concerning the many new changes abroad in the world that in this increasingly networked and well-informed world we see ever more useful interactions that … More Challenges of landuse decision making in an increasingly nested and networked would

Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (3)

The session focused on ecosystem service assessments in “low-stature” vegetation, including grasslands above and below potential treeline, and wetlands. The speakers covered junior to senior scientists. I found the following elements particularly remarkable: (1) Some agencies, together with research scientists, are considering and investigating the potential of active translocations of species to support adaptation of … More Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (3)

Farming in mountain areas (2)

The second session on “Farming in Mountain Regions” focused in greater detail on family and traditional farming systems, as part of sustainable mountain development. Jan Salick, ethnobotanist, presented about traditional Himalayan agriculture under conditions of climate change. Discussion of different participatory methods was offered, including use of mapping, calendars, plant cards, photo voice and repeat … More Farming in mountain areas (2)

African Mountains and their Challenges

This session presented a fraction of work being done in African mountains as well as the potential for future work and larger-scale collaborations to discern continental trends throughout African highlands in a manner comparable to the projects being done on other continents. Andreas Hemp kicked off the session with a detailed overview of climate and … More African Mountains and their Challenges

Local development initiatives and institutions/governance (2)

This second part of presentations on the theme was characterized by a wide variation of experiences from a large set of European (Sweden, Greece, Norway, Finland, Scotland) and non-European (Himalaya, Guatemala, New Guinea, Nepal and Ecuador) regions from all over the world. Beyond the different regional contexts, also main topics addressed varied much more than … More Local development initiatives and institutions/governance (2)