Mountain scenarios

Mountains are unique social-ecological systems that provide vital ecosystem services. They are also among the most visible and emblematic indicators of climate change. Glacier retreat, drought, and increasingly extreme weather represent significant threats to mountain communities across the globe, both physically and spiritually. However, mountains are also hotspots for ecological and cultural diversity. The many diverse communities that have thrived under harsh conditions for generations are especially well positioned to navigate upscale threats and enact transformative change.

Below you’ll find scenario studies about mountain areas. These studies have been hand-picked from our database for their specific focus on mountain systems.

Learn more about the Mountain Research Initiative

This featured page is in collaboration with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), a project funded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences and hosted by the University of Bern's Centre for Development and Environment. The MRI is a coordination network that drives research into the effects of global change on mountain social-ecological systems.

Biospherefutures is excited to collaborate with the Mountain Governance working group, which seeks to "address the critical need for better understanding and information regarding mountain governance challenges and opportunities." 


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Explore the Mountain Governance group's work:

Challenges for Governing Mountains Sustainably: Insights from a Global Survey (27 July 2021)