Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Perth III - Mountains of our Future Earth

Perth, Scotland, 2015

Mountains of Our Future Earth, referred to as Perth III, was the third international conference on mountains and global change held in Perth, following 2 previous international conferences. From 5 to 8 October 2015, 400 people from 52 countries on 6 continents attended the international conference Mountains of Our Future Earth in Perth, Scotland. The event was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in sustainable development at the Centre for Mountain Studies (CMS) at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, together with 2 global organizations: the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA).

Mountains of Our Future Earth had 3 aims:

  • To present, evaluate, and synthesize progress in our understanding of global change in mountain regions, and share examples of innovative approaches, particularly in terms of progress toward addressing the gaps in global research in mountain regions noted in 2010
  • To refine and agree on agendas for collaborative research and action relating to global change and mountain regions and to significantly increase the use of applied research findings on the ground in mountain regions
  • To foster effective interdisciplinary and international interactions between participants and researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, including specific opportunities to strengthen ongoing research activities and to foster new collaborations and thematic and/or regional

A special issue with contributions presented at the conference was published in Mountain Research and Development.