International Mountain Science and the 2030 Agenda
Since 2015, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a global blueprint to address global challenges and achieve a “better and more sustainable future for all” – but what does this mean for mountain science? In his plenary presentation at the 5th Forum Carpaticum, the MRI's Co-Chair Prof. Jörg Balsiger explored this question.
Using illustrations from the MRI's activities and recent scientific developments, Jörg Balsiger suggests three key implications of the 2030 Agenda. First, the 2030 Agenda’s integrated and indivisible character directly relates to the need to reinforce scientific efforts to transcend established boundaries, not only between disciplines but also between highlands and lowlands, between territory and function, and between the meanings of science of, in, and for mountains.
Second, the 2030 Agenda’s call to localize the SDGs, including through regional and subregional frameworks, highlights the important question of scale and thus the scalar positioning of mountain science and scientific organizing. Third, the 2030 Agenda’s transformative ambition should serve to reflect on the role of science in society and societal transformation. He closes with some observations relating to the Carpathians.
WATCH JÖRG BALSIGER'S FULL PRESENTATION ON INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN SCIENCE AND THE 2030 AGENDA
The slides from this presentation are available to view here.
ABOUT THE FORUM CARPATICUM
The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative. The scientific cooperation network S4C was established in 2008. The network connects scientists interested or involved in research on the Carpathian region, helping to define research priorities and enhancing international collaboration with partners from outside the Carpathians.
Encompassing a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines from the natural and social sciences, as well as practical applications of that knowledge, the Forum Carpaticum advances science-based solutions to pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges.