Mountain regions cover approximately one quarter of the Earth’s land surface, and their ecosystems are of crucial importance for agriculture, food security, and biodiversity on a global scale. Simultaneously, they have their particular vulnerabilities to the adverse effects of climate change and susceptibilities to multiple disaster risk scenarios.
Through their new joint programme Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS), Eurac Research and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security will host an international workshop in Bolzano, Italy, October 17-19, 2018. Under the patronage of the Governor of South Tyrol, the theme of the conference will be, “Emerging Risks and Future Challenges for Mountain Regions worldwide”. Long-term goals of GLOMOS are to further develop the scientific basis for increasing the resilience of mountain communities towards natural and man-made hazards and disaster risks, to protect the wealth of biological and cultural diversity, and to support the sustainable development of the highly sensitive social-ecological systems.
The conference will act as a platform for communication and exchange for researchers, practitioners, government representatives, NGOs, UN agencies, public institutions, the private sector, as well as international networks and organisations related to mountain-specific topics. Major aims of this conference are to discuss future challenges in mountain areas worldwide, to bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system, and to facilitate a global community of practice dealing with contemporary mountain-specific subjects.
Registration is now open.