LOGO WMFJoin the discussion of 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways Towards a Thriving Mountain Future' in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23-26 October 2018.

Mountain communities and ecosystems are transforming under emerging drivers of global change. The pronounced vulnerability of mountain people and ecosystems to the negative effects of global change make building adaptive capacity and resilience an urgent priority. Developing and identifying solutions to enhance mountain livelihoods and well-being in a sustainable manner must be built on inclusive, just, and environmentally friendly foundations to be sustainable in the long term.

The World Mountain Forum (WMF) is uniquely positioned to provide a timely space for policy-makers, scientists, and practitioners to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges to sustainable development in mountain regions. The WMF 2018 programme includes high-level segments for leaders and dignitaries, plenary and keynote presentations, debate panels, parallel sessions on four core thematic issues (outlined below), and field trips. WMF 2018 aims to build on past achievements and successes, and develop scenarios for a thriving mountain future. The government of Kyrgyzstan is hosting this prestigious event, and looks forward to welcoming participants to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The full programme of the 4-day event, including side events, is available in a final draft version on the WMF 2018 website.

WMF 2018 themes and format
The WMF 2018 is structured around four core thematic issues:

  • T-1: Climate Change Affecting Water and Energy in Mountain Areas
  • T-2: Poverty, Food Systems, and Agrobiodiversity
  • T-3: Resilience and Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems
  • T-4: Investing in Mountains - Securing the Future
The four core themes will be addressed around three foci: 1) current trends and dynamics (Day 1); pathways to sustainable transformation (Day 2, morning); and partnerships to sustain and support sustainable mountain development (Day 2, afternoon). Day three of the Forum is reserved for synthesis and compilation of key messages and an outlook that presents prospects for future action.

What can you expect at the WMF 2018?

  • Learn; keynote presentations, panels, and ‘flash-talks’ will provide information on the latest sustainable mountain development issues across the world.
  • Share Experiences; through the participatory platform of the forum, you will be able to share your own experiences, good practices and knowledge in your field with global stakeholders.
  • Build Relationships; expand your network, form partnerships and join regional alliances.
  • Find Solutions; use your new knowledge, shared understanding and contacts to develop effective solutions to issues highlighted at the WMF.
  • Contribute to the development of scenarios towards a thriving mountain future.

How can you participate and contribute?
As one of the co-organisers and partners of the WMF 2018, the Mountain Research Initiative extends the WMF's call for participation and invites contributions from the mountain research community, including scientists and practitioners, to be part of this important global dialogue for mountains and its people.

Proposals for contributions (350-400 words) need to address one of the four core themes of the WMF 2018. If selected, contributions are to be presented at the WMF 2018 as poster presentations with 7-minute ‘flash talks'. Please refer to the specific content and suggested guiding questions that each core thematic issue seeks to address, and shape your proposed contribution accordingly. To access the detailed call and submissions portal for contributions, please refer to the WMF 2018 website. Deadline for contribution proposals is Sunday 29 July 2018, 24:00 Bishkek time (GMT +6).

Submit Your Contribution

Registration to attend the WMF 2018 is now open. Registration deadline is 29 July 2018, 24:00 Bishkek time (GMT +6).

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For more information, please visit the WMF’s website at www.wmf2018.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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