Mountain biodiversity and sustainable development

Toward biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development: a global social-ecological mountain comparison

Coordinator: Mark Snethlage
Funding: Future Earth PEGASuS grant
Partners: Convention for Biological Diversity
Starting date: TBD

For all that they offer to human well-being, mountains are of prime value. However, sustainable development in mountains is particularly challenging in the face of global change and given the tremendous biological, social, and economic differences between mountain ranges. This project aims at supporting decision-making at various levels by comparative social-ecological research on >1000 mountain ranges worldwide based on literature and an expert survey. By reaching out to >1000 globally distributed mountain experts within and outside of academia, who will contribute data, knowledge, and reach out to local stakeholders, this project will provide a global analysis and comparison of biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development in mountain ranges differing in their ecology and socio-economic situation.