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Researching To Create A Better Future For The Mountains


A new platform will be researching in mountain ways of living and introducing innovating technologies to address the challenges faced by the mountain people.

Dailycsr.com – 12 December 2018 – In June 2018, government authorities, private companies and the mountain communities came together for the launch of a new major mountain research centre. The event, “Mountain Futures 2018 conference”, lasted for four days wherein participants had the opportunity to visit “the new 200-hectare site in China’s Yunnan Province” which is working towards building “innovative farming systems” capable of tackling “poverty and environmental degradation” in the mountain areas across the globe.
The said event was organised in collaboration by the “World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences”. The conference began with a journey to the “Honghe Innovation Centre for Mountain Futures” which harbours under-construction “regional agroforestry parks” in large-scale along with the facility also carries out “research into improved mango varieties, medicinal mushroom cultivation and China-Africa cooperation on sustainable textile fibres”.
Following this visit, the event hosted “a two-day Open Science Conference in Kunming” for participants to “exchange ideas, report results and discuss new partnerships” which addresses “mountain agriculture, poverty eradication and smart ecosystem monitoring”. In the words of the “Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator for East and Central Asia” at ICRAF, Professor Xu Jianchu:
“Mountain regions can serve as pathways to a better future. The ingenuity and diversity of mountain landscapes and peoples can be harnessed to generate bold new solutions to global challenges such as climate change.”
While, the Kunming Institute of Botany’s deputy director, Professor Yang Yongping said:
“In Honghe, we are building a platform for collaboration among mountain areas in developing countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Mountains should not be viewed as boundaries, but as places for cooperation and innovation.”
Moreover, the event was also used as a platform to publish the book “Mountain Futures: Inspiration and Innovation from the World’s Highlands”, showcasing the mountain stories of “hope and resilience” that are inspirational which are brought to life with “stunning photography of mountainscapes and their people”.
At the concluding note of the conference, the “Mountain Film Exhibition” features films that were “shot by mountain communities from the Tibetan Plateau”.