International Mountain Biodiversity Conference

Aims and Objectives
The objective of this meeting is to bring together global institutions involved in biodiversity conservation with regional groups familiar with the specific issues of the region. The aim is to together share, network and develop future strategies and alliances for mountain biodiversity conservation especially to meet the emerging challenges from climate change.

How is this conference different?
The premise for this conference is somewhat different from that of traditional conferences. Traditional conferences typically feature papers presented during formal sessions but, more often than not, the real exchange of ideas between the presenters and the attendees takes place in the discussions that happen after the session. The organisers of this conference would like to capture the rich exchange of ideas which usually takes place during these informal discussions and make them fully part of the conference. With this aim in mind, the conference aims to be a ‘working conference’ which provides a platform for exchange and debate and where the time that presenters and attendees have together for discussion is maximised.

Who will attend?
To guarantee that groups are small enough for meaningful discussions to take place attendance at the conference will be limited to invited participants only. ICIMOD has invited both participants who are representatives of global programmes, biodiversity experts, and participants from HKH regional member countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan).

How will a ‘working conference’ work?
It is the intention of the organisers that both the main conference and the various pre- and post-conference workshops and field visits provide an opportunity for participating institutions to interact and discuss the possibility for future collaborations. The emphasis of the conference will be on capturing the discussions which take place during the discussion which will take place after the presentations. It is the aspiration of the organisers that these valuable exchanges will be the basis on which HKH regional agencies and global initiatives interact and explore the possibilities of developing joint research and action programmes for further work and collaboration. For this reason presenters have been asked to submit their papers beforehand and these are being circulated (via this web page starting on 1 November 2008) to the participants before the conference begins. Since the participants will have had a chance to read the papers beforehand the presenters will be requested to make only short presentations stating their positions.

How will the discussions be disseminated to a wider audience?
The topic of this conference may be of interest to many beyond those who will be invited and for this reason the papers and discussions will be made available to a wider audience after the conference has taken place. Selected papers and discussions presented at the main conference, pre- and post-conference will likely be published in a volume of collected papers.