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.
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Featured MRD article
- Holterman D, Wright P, Jacob A. 2023. Advancing evidence-based decision-making in large landscape conservation through the social sciences: A research agenda for the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Mountain Research and Development 43(4):A1–A10.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Union for the Conservation of Nature Commission on Ecosystem Management, Society for Ecological Restoration. 2021. Principles for Ecosystem Restoration to Guide the United Nations Decade 2021–2030. Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
- Parisi F, Lee Y, Bitsch J, Schmoeker G, Quenta Herrera E, Wang J, Hofer T, Marchant R, Chettri N, Liniger H. 2022. Ecosystem Restoration in the Mountains. Policy Brief. Kathmandu, Nepal: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Mountain Partnership Secretariat.
- WOCAT – the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (Website)
- Critchley W, Harari N, Mekdaschi-Studer R. 2021. Restoring Life to the Land: The Role of Sustainable Land Management in Ecosystem Restoration. Bonn, Germany and Bern, Switzerland: UNCCD and WOCAT.
- Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. 2023. Understanding the human perspective: Key to successful conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon. News and Updates: Science. Canmore, Canada: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
- UN Environment Programme, GRID-Arendal, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, Mountain Research Initiative. 2021. Indicators for Elevating Mountains in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Policy Brief. Arendal, Norway: GRID-Arendal.
- Cuni-Sanchez A, Sullivan MJP, Platts PJ, Lewis SL, Marchant R, Imani G, Hubau W, Abiem I, Adhikari H, Alrecht T, et al. 2021. High aboveground carbon stock of African tropical montane forests. Nature 596:536–542.
- Thorn JPR, Klein JA, Steger C, Hopping KA, Capitani C, Tucker CM, Nolin AW, Reid RS, Seidl R, Chitale VS, Marchant R. 2020. A systematic review of participatory scenario planning to envision mountain social-ecological systems futures. Ecology and Society 25(3):6.