Mountain Futures


Mountain Futures is a global initiative aimed at developing and sharing transformative solutions for sustainable futures for mountain peoples and ecosystems. Mountain Futures is led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and includes partnerships with the World Agroforestry, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, United Nations Environment Programme, the Global Land Program, Global Mountain Biodiversity, the Mountain Partnership, the Mountain Research Initiative, the Partnership for Community Development, and the Balipara Foundation. The working group on Land Systems for Mountain Futures is part of the Global Land Program, hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland. 


In collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Kunming Agenda of the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in 2020 aims to collect, coordinate, and celebrate actions in support of biodiversity and its sustainable use. In connection with COP15, the Third Mountain Futures Conference will be held in Kunming in the autumn of 2020 with a special focus on mountain peoples and their relationship to ecosystem services. Through site visits and active exchange with local indigenous knowledge holders, conference participants will have unique exposure to the connections between people and nature in the coupled social-ecological systems of Honghe County, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Southern Yunnan, where the Mountain Futures Headquarters is located.

The aim of Mountain Futures 2020 is to inspire and implement nature-based solutions to global biodiversity conservation challenges. The Third Mountain Futures Conference will develop principles and actions to enhance the ability of local stakeholders to strengthen their evolving cultural traditions, as they search for innovative solutions to improve their livelihoods while enhancing biological diversity. 


The Mountain Futures Initiative supports the strong linkages between cultural and biological diversity. The Initiative seeks the establishment of new relationships between people and scientific knowledge, people and nature, and people with one another. Our vision is built on the possibilities of a Good Anthropocene, where humans learn how to better adapt to nature. Mountain Futures also endorses the Convention on Biological Diversity’s recognition of the importance of local communities in conserving biodiversity, and the necessity of respecting cultural and spiritual values in order to achieve sustainable development goals in global mountain areas where local people live and work.

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