Organised by the Conéctate A+ network, the programme for the online conference on Climate Change, Health and Mountain Ecosystems and their Governance in Support of Sustainable Development in the Tropical Andes – Central America Region (Andes+), to be held on 7-8 July 2020, is now available and registrations are open for virtual participation. 

Conference Objectives 

The virtual conference on Climate Change, Health and Mountain Ecosystems and their Governance in Support of Sustainable Development in the Tropical Andes – Central America Region (Andes+) offers an opportunity for continued connection, exchange, and learning, addressing the constraints many face with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 for face-to-face interaction.

The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary knowledge exchange among researchers and practitioners on ways to identify opportunities and overcome barriers in order to enable the successful implementation of sustainable development and climate change adaptation in the Andes+ region. Through this event, the Conéctate A+ network seeks to promote collaborative arrangements, embed and advance current debates, articulate the rich collective experience of different communities of practice in the Andes+ region, and invite participants to shape and develop the network into the future. 

Keynote Speakers

The conference programme, available for download here, features four keynote speakers, 16 parallel sessions, and two panel discussions exploring the interactions between climate change, mountain ecosystems, and health from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The keynote presenters are:

Stella Hartinger (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru)
'The 2019 report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and its implications for the Andes+ region'

Julio Postigo (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
'Enmarcando la Investigación en y para la región Andes+'

Veerle Vanacker (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
'The relation between land use, topography and erosion rates in Tropical Andean highlands'

Wouter Buytaert (Imperial College London, UK)
'Towards water security in the tropical Andes'

The programme also consists of parallel session presentations featuring the work and collaborations of members of the MRI Co-PIs and MRI Science Leadership Council (SLC) in the Andes+ region, including:

Randy Muñoz, Daniel Viviroli, Christian Huggel
'Complex vs simple hydrological simulation in glacierized regions and scarce data: a case study in the upper Vilcanota catchment, Perú'

Holly Moulton, Mark Carey, Christian Huggel, Alina Motschmann
'Narratives of Ice Loss in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca'

Elizabeth Jimenez, Corinne Valdivia, Sabin Bieri, Grover Céspedes and Alejandro Romero
'Social versus environmental sustainability: household income diversification strategies among Quinoa producers in the Southern Bolivian Highlands'

Claudia Teutsch, Faizan Anwar, Jochen Seidel, András Bárdossy, Christian Huggel, Alina Motschmann, Christian León, Fabian Drenkhan
'Integrating Climate and Socio-Economic Scenarios in a Hydrological Model for the Santa River Basin, Peru'

Gabriel Zeballos, Bryan Mark, Alvaro Montenegro, Karina Yager, Rosa Meneses.
'What clues do satellites provide about why bofedales of Bolivia are degrading?'

Oscar Vilca, Martin Mergili, Holger Frey, and Christian Huggel
'Análisis y reconstrucción de la cadena de procesos GLOF en la laguna Salkantaycocha (Cordillera Vilcabamba, Perú)'

Holger Frey, Alejo Cochachin, Fabian Drenkhan, Javier Fluixá-Sanmartín, Javier García Hernández, Christian Huggel, Christine Jurt, Randy Muñoz, Karen Price, Luis Vicuña
'GLOF Early Warning System in Carhuaz, Peru: What can we learn?'

Fabian Drenkhan, Randy Muñoz, Christian Huggel, Holger Frey, Alina Motschmann
'Economic losses from changing hydrology under future climate change, glacier shrinkage and growing water demand in the Tropical Andes'

Bryan Mark, Michel Baraer, Robert Hellström, Alfonso Fernández
'Hydroclimatic vulnerability in the Tropical Andes: Contributions from the Transdisciplinary Andean Research Network (TARN) and the path forward'

Conference Dates & Times

The conference is from 7-8 July 2020, with two blocks spanning from 13:00 UTC to 18:00 UTC each day (corresponding to 08:00 - 13:00 Lima/Quito/Bogotá time; 07:00 - 12:00 San Salvador time; and 15:00 - 20:00 Central European Summer Time, CEST). 

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The working languages of the conference are English and Spanish. 

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