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Caucasus Mountain Forum 2022

19/04/2022 22/04/2023

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Akaki Tsereteli Kutaisi State University

Considering the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, still with numerous cases and restrictions at the global level and particularly in the countries of the Caucasus region, the steering committee decided to postpone the third Caucasus Mountain Forum and hold it on April 19-21, 2022. The forum will start from the second half of the 19th of April, 2022.

Accordingly, the call for applications deadline has been prolonged to the end of 26 November 2021. Thanks to all who expressed their interest and have already sent their abstracts. Please note that these abstracts are valid for the new dates with the possibility of an update. 

The theme of the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2022 will be perspectives and challenges of tourism development in the region. 

The Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF) is a flagship initiative of the Scientific Network for Caucasus Mountain Regions (SNC-mt). The regional context of the Caucasus provides a major motivation for organizing biannual regional forums for different stakeholders working on the Caucasus mountain region. The CMFs serve as an important opportunity for scientists and academics, governmental experts, and practitioners to meet and exchange views on opportunities and challenges of sustainable development in the Caucasus region. The CMFs seek to enhance (sub)-regional dialogue and to contribute to better coordination for the progress and prosperity in the region.

The first Caucasus Mountain Forum was held in 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the second in 2019 in Ankara, Turkey. Each gathered over 150 participants from the countries of the Caucasus Ecoregion as well as scientists and practitioners from more than 20 other countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  

Both Forums were organized with Swiss governmental funding sources such as the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the United Nations Environment Programme. 

The CMF has become an acknowledged platform for regional dialogue and cooperation where different stakeholders are able to share study results, ideas, and experiences and seek opportunities for further collaboration.

CMF 2021 Objectives

Building on the findings and experiences of the two previous Caucasus Mountain Forums, the members of the Scientific Network for Caucasus Mountain Regions (SNC-mt) Scientific Steering Group will organise the third Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF) in 2021 and thereby continue to ensure the sustainability of scientific cooperation and exchange, as well as maintain the science-practice interface through regular dialogue.

The Third Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF3) follows in the footsteps of CMF1 (2016) and CMF 2 (2019) in serving as a crucial opportunity for constructive interaction between scientists, governmental experts, and practitioners; debate on opportunities and challenges; and contributions to the improved coordination of sustainable development in the Caucasus region.

The CMF3, the Third Caucasus Mountain Forum (2021) will be organized in September 2021 in Kutaisi, Georgia under the title: “Transdisciplinarity for Sustainable Tourism Development: Role of Caucasus Scientists”.

While the focus will be on tourism, CMF3 will also discuss the other chapters of the Caucasus Regional Research Agenda (C-RRA):

  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Forest Resources
  • Water Resources
  • Land Use (including Pasture Management)
  • Natural Hazards
  • Population and Cultural Diversity
  • Socio-economic Development and Planning
  • Mountain Cryosphere

The specific objectives of the third Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF3) are to:

  • Present the scientific findings and practitioner experiences generated since CMF2
  • Enhance the links between research, policymaking, and practice in the field of sustainable mountain development
  • Draw the attention of Caucasus countries’ practitioners to the needs and priorities in research and development for a sustainable future in the Caucasus
  • Showcase the latest scientifically-informed activities fostering progress towards sustainability in the Caucasus mountain region
  • Review progress of C-RRA implementation
  • Review and facilitate regional research and promote sub-regional, regional, and international cooperation, exchange of knowledge, and know-how among concerned scientific groups working for sustainable mountain development.

COVID-2019 Potential Impact

Considering the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic with numerous cases and the restrictions of flights at a global level and in the countries of the Caucasus region, the regulations for the CMF3 will be announced later. The CMF3 COVID-19 regulations will follow the restrictions and recommendations of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia for public event organisation and countries of origin travel regulations at the moment of the CMF3 organisation.

Depending on the decision of the Organisational Committee, costs for the additional regulations might be covered by the CMF3 organisers.

However, if the event’s organisation will not be possible face-to-face or in hybrid mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMF3 might be postponed until 2022.

Call for Abstracts

Designed to be a meeting place for scientists, policymakers, and practitioners from the Caucasus region and beyond, CMF3 follows in the footsteps of CMF1 (2016) and CMF2 (2019) as a crucial opportunity for constructive interaction between scientists, governmental experts, and practitioners; with debate on opportunities and challenges and contributions to the improved coordination of sustainable development in the Caucasus region.

The theme of CMF3 will be perspectives and challenges of tourism development in the region, which was identified as one of the hottest issues by the Caucasus Regional Research Agenda (C-RRA) adopted by CMF2 in Ankara in 2019. In particular, the presentations and discussions of CMF2 determined that tourism, even with both positive and negative impacts on nature, local communities, and economies, plays the most important role in the Caucasus mountain regions’ socio-economic promotion.

The tourism sector constituted from 3 to 15 percent of the GDP of the  Caucasus Ecoregion countries in 2019. Tourism development is interlinked with a number of other economic sectors such as agriculture, transport, infrastructure, construction, energy, and, in general, socio-economic development and planning. The tourism sector also embraces different aspects of historical heritage and cultural diversity, environmental and ecosystem protection, climate change, and water management.

CMF3 will be held from 27 to 29 September 2021 and will be hosted by Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University, Georgia.

CMF3 will offer a combination of plenary sessions open to the public, research sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. The organisers invite participants to choose among the following types of contributions:

  • Abstracts for oral presentation in research sessions (max 300 words + 5 keywords). Research sessions provide academic researchers a chance to present and discuss their latest scientific findings. Researchers from non-academic settings (NGOs, government, private sector) are also invited.
  • Abstracts for a practical example in a workshop (max. 300 words). The purpose of the workshops is to stimulate discussion and exchange between practitioners and scientists. Practical examples in policy advocacy; scientific networking; leveraging spatial data education for sustainable development, natural hazards, and disaster risk reduction are expected. As a consequence, workshop presentations are expected to be short, focusing on practical insights from development projects, policy initiatives, or teaching practice.
  • Abstracts for a poster presentation (max. 200 words). Posters will be displayed in a prominent area. Poster presenters will attend two dedicated poster sessions. The size of the posters should not exceed A0 format (84 cm x 119 cm). One-page handouts will be available. The prize for the best poster will be awarded during the closing session.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2021

Deadline for the notification of abstract acceptance: 7 July 2021

Abstracts to be submitted in English only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the Abstract Submission Form

Scholarships will be available primarily for participants from the region.

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