Tuesday 2 March, 02:00 – 03:30 pm, Ziyun Hall

Current conceptions of development are often focused on market-based solutions, demand-supply chains of natural resources, free competition and profit-making—all predicated on the illusory notion of limitless economic growth. The results, in too many cases, are inequality and social conflict, environmental degradation, and even war. Therefore, we are glad to present a call for a mountain atlas: a culture-based perspective that puts people and the planet above profit. We believe that the elements of a positive future can be reborn from practices that have an ancient history yet have survived into the present. These traditions, beliefs and practices are potential paths between socially and ecologically sound pasts and futures: examining them will illustrate the inextricable relationship between cultural and biological diversity that emerges from historic ties to mountain habitats. We propose using the atlas to map natural and social capital; cultural diversity and social values; and knowledge, innovations and practices based in local initiatives and narratives. This data will be presented in tandem with a selection of positive scenarios drawn from existing examples of good practice, innovations and experiments (‘seeds’). The atlas will explore the potential for scaling up these initiatives beyond their current levels of implementation in order to develop new and positive visions of mountain futures.

Panellists:

  • FAO and Mountain Partnership: population, land use types, vulnerability to food insecurity, forests
  • CDE: updated mountain layer, climate change scenario
  • GMBA: Biodiversity
  • WOCAT: Land-use conservation
  • WGMS: World Glaciers in Mountains
  • ICIMOD: Hindu-Kush Himalaya
  • UNEP: Global Mountain

Panelists:

  1. FAO and Mountain Partnership: population, land use types, vulnerability to food insecurity, forests
  2. CDE: updated mountain layer, climate change scenario etc.
  3. GMBA: Biodiversity
  4. WOCAT: Land use conservation
  5. WGMS: World Glaciers in Mountains
  6. ICIMOD: Hindu-Kush Himalaya

Chair: Robert Zomer and Musonda Mumba

Rapporteur: Susanne Wymann von Dach (MRD)