S5b. Closing ceremony

Friday 4 March, 05:00 – 05:30 pm, World Expo Hall

Closing ceremony:

  • Murali Kallur (IDRC)
  • Yongping Yang (KIB)
  • Jianchu Xu (ICRAF)

S5a: Recap and follow-up action

Friday 4 March, 04:00 – 05:00 pm, World Expo Hall

Recap in plenary and follow-up action by Mats Eriksson (SIWI):

  • Recap on the conference with reference to different sessions and the expected outcomes
  • Follow-up actions required and the way forward

Special d: Photos and arts for change

Tuesday 2 March, 04:00 – 05:30 pm, Mu Dan

Facilitator: Samantha C. Karunarathna

  • Indigenous paintings for visualizing mountain futures
  • Photos on livelihood and landscapes
  • Mushrooms as integration between plants, soil and people

Special c: Working group on seeds of a good Anthropocene

Tuesday 2 March, 04:00 – 05:30 pm, Zijing A

Mountain environments and communities are uniquely positioned to offer innovative solutions that are urgently required in a human-dominated world. In this session, participants will present a selection of Seeds of Change that may serve as examples of best practice or possible paths towards a Good Anthropocene. These seeds, together with the ideas and experiences of all the session participants, will then form the basis for an interactive activity which will utilize game dynamics to encourage creative concepts of the future. Participants will be encouraged to work together in coalitions in order to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, and in so doing use their pooled knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges posed by different scenarios of the future. This session will serve as a starting point for work that aims to nurture and exchange Seeds of Change under the Mountain Futures Initiative.

Chair: Laura Pereira

Session outline:

  • Introduction to session concepts and aims by session chair
  • Overviews of selected seeds
  • Presentation of future scenarios
  • Audience discussion: groups of participants address how best to overcome the challenges posed by their scenario
  • Report back from groups
  • Discussion of session outcome and take-home messages

Speed talk:

  • Laxmi Dutt Bhatta (ICIMOD): Ecosystem based Adaptation of Smallholder Farmers
  • Santosh Kumar (Tribhuvan University): Predicting the impact of climate change on the potential distribution of medicinal plants of Liliaceae in Nepal
  • Manuel Peralvo (CONDESAN): Andean Forest programme
  • Deep Prakash (The Thin Page): Disaster Nepal
  • Anthonia Sutter (ICIMOD): Listening to the experienced—learning for our future
  • Rebekka Sutter (Zurich University): Researching socio-technical skills of steep slope cultivators
  • Ronald Torres (Imaymana Foundation): Mancomunidad del Chocó Andino

Rapporteur: Andrew Stevenson

Special b: Book launch and posters

Tuesday 2 March, 04:00 – 05:30 pm, Ziyun Hall

1. Launch of publication “Investing in Sustainable Development”

Host: Susanne Wymann von Dach (CDE)

Facilitator: Carly Biondi

Contributions by various partners

Achieving the ambitious goals formulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for future investments in mountain regions. In many such regions, development lags behind and poverty rates are high. Without investment, prospects for improvement in mountains are scant, as national and international development policies still pay little attention to the specific challenges faced by mountain inhabitants. While mountain ecosystem goods and services and the diverse assets of mountain communities offer significant opportunities for investments fostering sustainable development, investing in sustainable mountain development still poses significant challenges.

The publication

The latest edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Series, titled Investing in Sustainable Mountain Development, addresses these challenges and presents 19 promising case studies from mountain regions around the world, covering efforts by diverse public and private actors, and ranging from classic examples of development investments to innovative financing mechanisms specifically tailored to the local context and conditions. The publication concludes with key messages on mountain development addressed to policy-makers. The publication was supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Audience and objectives

All participants interested in learning more about financing and fostering sustainable development in mountains are welcome to attend the event. After a short presentation of the publication, the editors will present key messages. The audience will be invited to share their own experience and to discuss opportunities for raising policy-makers’ awareness of the benefits of investments in mountains.

2. Poster session:

  • 2 posters from DPR Korea/SDC
  • 2 posters from ICIMOD
  • 2 posters from UCA
  • 1 poster from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Nepal
  • 2 posters from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Pakistan
  • 2 posters from CMES/KIB/ICRAF

Special a: Marketplace

Tuesday 2 March, 04:00 – 05:30 pm, Ziyun Hall (far end)

Open to all organizations.

Facilitator: Clément Rigal

The Mountain Futures Conference marketplace is meant to provide a unique networking opportunity for the participants to share their initiatives, programmes, working papers, books, etc. This space is meant for the display of these items and will be available for the entire conference. It is meant to spark inquiries and conversations about the work being done around the world by the multitude of specialists that have gathered here. The marketplace material will not require any formal presentations.

  • Knowledge products (publications, flyers and brochures)
  • Mountain crafts
  • Mountain products
  • Posters

Understanding of Change

Tuesday 2 March, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Ziyun Hall

Keynote speeches:

  • Ed Grumbine (Grand Canyon Trust): Progress toward a better Anthropocene: Opportunities and challenges
  • Linxiu Zhang (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences): Human Capital Foundation for sustainable mountain development

Plenary talk:

  • Laura Pereira (University of Cape Town): Seeds of a good Anthropocene

Chair: Sara Ahmed

Rapporteur: Andrew Stevenson (ICRAF)

Plenary 2: Good governance

Wednesday 3 March, 09:00 – 10:30 am, Ziyun Hall

Chair: Mats Eriksson

Keynote speeches:

  • Dipak Gyawali (Nepal Academy of Science and Technology-NAST): Mountain Waters as Friend or Foe? The need for a nexussed approach to water governance
  • Long Ruijun (Lanzhou University): Grasshopper plague control on the Tibetan Mountains: A socio-economic and biological approach

Rapporteur: Andrew Stevenson (ICRAF) and Muhammad Asad Salim (ICRAF)

Plenary 3: Mainstreaming the marginalized

Wednesday 3 March, 02:00 – 03:30 pm, Ziyun Hall

Chair: Susanne Wymann von Dach (CDE)

Keynote speeches:

  • Bing Su (Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences): Genetic history of human populations
  • Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel, Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, Transdisciplinary research for inclusive and sustainable mountain futures

Rapporteur: Andrew Stevenson (ICRAF) and Muhammad Asad Salim (ICRAF)

Films Festival: Mountain Challenges and Future

Thursday 4 March, 02:00 – 06:00 pm, Baicheng Movie Theatre

Conference participants are invited to attend a cinema screening of four films that portray the search for positive mountain futures. Each of the films look at the different conflicts and opportunities presented when local and indigenous montane communities must negotiate the increasing pressures of modern life while safeguarding their rights, traditions and environments. The screenings will be followed by discussions where conference participants will have the opportunity to talk with some of the people closely involved in the making of the films, including representatives of the local communities featured in the films, filmmakers and producers. Session moderators will help to facilitate debates prompted by the films, and to provide a space for the exchange of experiences and ideas between community representatives, researchers and policymakers.

Wrap up: Erin Gleeson (MRI assessment)

Yak Dung

Commenter/Moderator: Mats Eriksson (SIWI) and Bing Lu (Through Their Eyes)

The lives of the Tibetans portrayed in this film provide a stark contrast with the profligate lifestyles of developed countries. The traditional herding lifestyle creates no emissions and no waste; watching this film prompts viewers to imagine what their lives would be like if they relied solely on renewable resources. With temperatures falling as low as -40º C on the plateau, cow dung is a valuable source for Tibetan herdsmen. As a renewable energy source, it is used to produce many basic goods and services. This ethnographic film details the integral importance of the yak in Tibetan livelihoods, and raises questions of how can we learn from and conserve traditional ways of life that exist in harmony with their environment. It demonstrates how these rural communities find uses for all parts of the yak, including dung, in the resource-scarce environment of the Tibetan Plateau. The use of yak dung has become deeply embedded in these herdsmen’s culture, art, religion, sense of identity and symbiotic relationship with nature. But because of industrialization, urbanization, growing materialism and climate change, the herds of yaks that once characterized Tibetan life are disappearing. Without the yak, this way of life will fade away as one of the earliest cultures of China, unable to be revived: “When this time comes, our compassion, benevolence and sense of karma will also be doomed.” The film’s director, Lance, will be in attendance for the screening; He is a member of the Nyanpo Yuzee Environmental Protection Association.

Standing on Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and tourists

Commenter/Moderator: Zhaoli Yan (Chengdu Institute of Biology) and Danil Mamyev (Filmmaker)

This documentary follows indigenous resistance to massive government projects that threaten the fragile balance of nature and culture. In the Russian Republic of Altai, native people create and patrol their own mountain parks. This means attempting to rein in tourism and facing down plans to run a Gazprom pipeline through a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Russia to China. The Altaian leader Daniel Mamyev plays a central part in the film, and will attend the screening and discussion. The film is the first in Toby McLeod and Jessica Abbe’s four-part “Standing on Sacred Ground” series, which examines a growing global indigenous movement for human rights and environmental protection, and aims to provide a way for traditional cultures to share wisdom with a wider world that is hungry for meaning and pathways to sustainable living.

Searching for Sacred Mountain

Commenter/Moderator: Gongbu Tashi (Plateau Perspectives Canada) and Lihong Shi (Filmmaker)

Searching for Sacred Mountain details one man’s journey to reconcile the pain and suffering caused by environmental destruction through spiritual conversion to Tibetan Buddhism. His story illustrates the integrated relationship between nature, spirituality and livelihood taught in Tibetan Buddhism. Today, core societal values passed down from earlier generations have been replaced by urbanization, industrialization and materialism, and have created an unstoppable momentum perpetuating environmental degradation. This film offers an alternative: by reviving the Chinese religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, the intrinsic individual protection of nature found in ancient Chinese society can be restored, thus paving the way for future sustainable prosperity. By understanding these teachings in a modern context, China can achieve progress without environmental destruction and without abandoning the historical and cultural roots of the middle kingdom that have preserved the environment for thousands of years. Filmmaker Lihong Shi will attend the screening and discussion.