Tuesday 2 March, 02:00 – 03:30 pm, Zijing A

Mountain ecologies and cultures are particularly sensitive to global change: mountains are considered to be ‘sentinel landscapes’ for change, as they respond rapidly and intensely to climate change and anthropogenic activities. In order for current and future generations to effectively respond to the social and ecological challenges faced by mountain regions, leadership by young people is urgently required. Using techniques such as remote sensing, real-time monitoring and responsive modelling, young scientists are able to observe the impacts of social-ecological system change, and to develop key criteria and indicators for assessment. This session will examine methods such as dendrochronology, phenology of tree crops and vegetation, shifts in species distribution and ecosystem-based experiments, and will explore ways to ensure that the outputs of this research benefit mountain communities. Discussion will also focus on the development of participatory methods that can complement technical and scientific methodologies to assess and monitor phenological, botanical and sociocultural change. This would enable local communities to contribute to local scientific information and determine which practices can best reinforce cultural security, maintain environmental services and restore degraded ecosystems.


  • Yingfeng Bi (KIB): Detecting mountain environmental change from tree-rings
  • Philip Beckschäfer (AWF-Wiki): Remote sensing for assessing rubber age and phenology
  • Deli Zhai (KIB): Assessing and forecasting rubber phenology and diseases
  • Liang Guo (Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS): Climate change, phenology and temperate fruit trees
  • Sailesh Ranjitkar (ICRAF): Rhododendron spp as a sentinel species for alpine ecosystems
  • Gbadamassi Dossa (KIB): Participatory planning for diversifying monoculture rubber plantations
  • Muditha Kasun Meegahakumbura (KIB): Climate change driven heat stress threatening the tea industry in Sri Lanka

Co-Chairs: Zahoor A. Swati (Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Pakistan) and Sailesh Ranjitkar (ICRAF)

Rapporteur: Carly Biondi (ICRAF)