Friday 4 March, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, World Expo Hall

The Mountain Futures Initiative is a global group of scientists and practitioners who are searching for the seeds of a positive future in the mountains of the South American, African and Asian highlands. We believe that elements of a just future are already present at a local scale, and that the right policies and processes at the national, regional scale or global scales are vital to foster and further develop them. A better future can be created by creating and responding to a feedback mechanism within an integrated social-ecological system. Understanding, seeking and nurturing seeds for change is essential to coping with the challenges that mountain regions face. The “Mountain Futures Project” will examine five proposed themes: 1) Natural capital; 2) Community-based (endogenous) Development based on local values; 3) Managing mountain landscapes; 4) Training and high-level education for young leadership; and 5) Intercultural communication and policy dialogue. The Mountain Futures project will provide opportunities to collaborate with mountain indigenous communities in producing knowledge that is adapted to global change; nurture seeds that fundamentally change the human-environmental relationship; and generate creative and bottom-up scenarios that focus on transformation towards alternative, positive futures for mountains and humanity that are rich in cultural and biological heritage, and yet also feature well-articulated pathways to achieve them.

Chair: Yanhong Wu (IMHE) and Dipak Gyawali (Nepal Academy of Science and Technology)


  • Jianchu Xu (ICRAF)
  • Wei Deng (IMHE)
  • Alejandro Argumedo (INMIP)
  • Jeremias Gasper Mowo (ICRAF)
  • Dipak Gyawali (Nepal Academy of Science and Technology)
  • + Regional participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America

Rapporteur: Tim McLellan (ICRAF) and Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel (CDE)