ECOSYSTEM RHYTHMS: UNDERSTANDING CHANGE
Due to elevation gradients, mountain ecosystems are governed by unique ecological rhythms; we need to update our scientific understanding of how these ecological cycles are affected by climate change and other global processes. Events in this theme will examine how researchers and mountain communities can together collect such data and combine it with indigenous knowledge systems in ways that support resilient mountain livelihoods.
LAND SYSTEMS: MANAGING COMPLEXITY
Effective management of complex land systems requires synthesizing insights and knowledge on patterns of land system change in the mountains. Events in this theme will explore how such knowledge can be utilised to produce tools and methods that enable policy-makers and communities to plan for and adapt to global change.
SUSTAINING LIVELIHOODS: ROLE OF GENDER AND LOCAL INSTITUTIONS
Capturing innovation for change also requires addressing the social, ecological, and economic factors which promote sustainable livelihoods for mountain communities. Events in this theme will focus on how to grow new models of mountain development which are participatory, equitable and just – yet also capable of attracting private-sector investment and having large-scale impacts on the ground.