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Researchers are discussing precipitation and water availability to optimize the potential of sustainable land management practices in the Ethiopian highlands. Photo by Tatenda Lemann

How can knowledge support restoration and conservation of mountain ecosystems for the benefit of people and nature?

Conserving and restoring mountain landscape functions is an important focus of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030. With MRD Talk #06, we aim to contribute to this global effort. An MRD author and three other panelists will present their experiences of how different types of knowledge can support evidence-informed restoration of mountain landscapes for resilient mountain communities. Based on these insights, the panelists will explore with the audience how such transformative knowledge is best generated, shared, and put into action.

Estefanía Quenta will offer insights into a UNEP-commissioned analysis of mountain restoration activities and how they contribute to the principles of the UN Decade. Tatenda Lemann will share experiences from the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies, a global network on sustainable land management, and show how use of its knowledge base supports restoration and sustainable land management in mountains. MRD author Devin Holterman will present a social science research agenda that was developed with a view to better informing conservation and restoration efforts within the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative in North America. And Rob Marchant will emphasize the role of evidence-informed policies in mountain ecosystem restoration based on his collaborative research efforts in the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania. These inputs will be followed by a discussion among all participants on how knowledge can be effectively leveraged to support the conservation and restoration of mountain ecosystems for the benefit of mountain communities.

Register by 5 December 2023



Estefanía Quenta

Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia | Mountain Partnership Secretariat FAO and UNEP

Tatenda Lemann

Tatenda Lemann

WOCAT Executive Team | Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland

Devin Holterman

Devin Holterman

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative | University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Rob Marchant

Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, United Kingdom


Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Associate Editor, Mountain Research and Development | Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland


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