Transforming Science to Address Mountain Sustainability Challenges

We are working with researchers and non-researchers from mountains around the world to explore “Best Practices for Transdisciplinary Research and Practice in the Mountains”.   Our colleague Dr. Sandra Lavorel from CNRS in Grenoble France hosted our workshop on this topic, at which we developed a conceptual model for collaborative environmental work and developed a survey (in English, French, Spanish and Chinese) and shared this with those working on collaborative environmental projects worldwide.

We are also implementing this practice on the ground.  Below is a new 2021 publication, by Mountain Sentinels’ early career scientist, Dr. Cara Steger.  Dr. Steger’s Ph.D. work implemented a “Science with Society” (SWS) approach. Together with case studies of respondents’ most successful SWS projects, the researchers created a toolbox of 20 best practices that can be used to overcome barriers and increase the societal and scientific impacts of SWS projects.

You can download the paper here.

Richard Bonet, Ecrins National Park, France
Tsechoe Dorji, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Gordon Grant, US Forest Service US
Greg Greenwood, Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland
Jose Jesus Herrerías, Cultural Center of Abla Municipality, France
Kelly Hopping, Stanford University USA
Robert Huber, Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow & Landscape Switzerland
Karim-Aly Saleh Kassam, Cornell University USA
Julia Klein, Colorado State University USA
David Kreuer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Germany
Sandra Lavorel, CNRS, France
Mohamed Mahdi, National School of Agriculture, Meknès, Morocco
Robert Marchant, University of York UK
Berta Martin-Lopez, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford UK
Martha Moreno, ESNACIFOR, Siguatepeque, Honduras
Anne Nolin, Oregon State University USA
Robin Reid, Colorado State University USA
Aaron J.M. Russell, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia
Mateja Smid, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia
Cara Elizabeth Steger, Colorado State University USA
Catherine Tucker, University of Florida USA
Daniel Waiswa, Makerere University, Uganda

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