Call for Abstracts: MRI Sessions at GLP 4th Open Science Meeting
vietnam 3059653 640Two MRI-led sessions focusing on the application and use of scenario tools for sustainable mountain development are seeking contributions and participation. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 October 2018. 

The Global Land Programme (GLP) is organising its 4th Open Science Meeting under the topic 'Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature.' With a wide diversity of research, immersive sessions, and training sessions, the conference will address three themes: what are the visions for the planetary land system; what do people want from land; and how do we support transformation? This conference will take place in Bern, Switzerland, 24-26 April 2019.

The MRI has joined forces with the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) and the GLP Mountains Working Group to organise a session on 'Applying scenario tools for sustainable mountain development' (328R).

In light of the 2030 agenda, having information on how plausible futures of mountain social-ecological systems may look under different development scenarios is key to enable dialogue and negotiations with multiple actors with claims on mountain resources. Tools such as social-ecological systems modelling and participatory scenario approaches are developed to explore these scenarios and likely outcomes for communities, livelihoods, and mountain resources, with the ultimate aim being to better project the impact of local to global changes in mountains and assist in designing management decisions towards sustainable mountain development. These tools are developed in various disciplines, ranging from climate change and land systems to ecosystem services and biodiversity sciences, which in turn offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration towards sustainable mountain development.

We invite talks presenting mountain scenarios from different mountain regions of the world where modelling tools have been developed based on local needs. We encourage contributions from all segments of the mountain science community, including climate, land system, ecosystem, and biodiversity scientists.

The MRI-led training session 'Exploring scenario tools for sustainable mountain development – modelling session' (384T) will continue with the topic of scenario tools with hands-on training. This training session will take place on Saturday 27 April. 

Tools such as the participatory scenario approaches are developed and applied in order to understand complicated socio-ecological interactions and model future scenarios under global and local changes in land use, use of ecosystem services, or impact of changes (policy to climate) on livelihoods. Such frameworks can be effective tools for management decisions towards sustainable mountain development, but they are also considered challenging to apply and adjust to meet the needs of different study systems and the visions of local stakeholders. In this hands-on workshop/training session we will get to know and compare some of the recently developed scenario tool sets; e.g., Participatory Scenario Tools and Participatory Bayesian Network-Based Land-Use Modeling Approach (BLUMAP). We will start with an introduction to the theoretical background and assumptions of these models, and discuss types of questions these tools can be applied to. Finally, we will test the models with parameter sets from different mountain regions. This session is open to all who are interested in applying such scenario tools in their own research in mountains or other systems.

No abstracts are being accepted for this session. Participants will be invited to register for all training sessions at the GLP 4th Open Science Meeting once the call for abstracts is closed.

The conference programme offers also a third mountain specific session on 'Mountain futures: Innovative potentials and the trade-offs between food security, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation in the global highlands?' (210R). The full list of sessions taking place during the GLP 4th Open Science Meeting can be viewed here. 

Deadline for abstract submissions is 30 October 2018.

Register and submit your abstract via the GLP website.