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1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum

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Sexten | Sesto - South Tyrol - Italy

1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum
Sustainability Governance: International Frameworks and Local Contributions

In the epoch of Anthropocene, where humans have a significant impact on the Earth's geology and ecology, the sustainability of our social-economic systems is the basic prerequisite for the long-term existence of mankind. Sustainability has turned into a matter of individual lifestyle and individual daily choices rooted in common values in parts of the society.

Acknowledging the necessity of fundamental changes, the United Nations and its member states have been developing a framework for national action and global cooperation: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the respective 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With only 10 more years left to achieve these goals, the UN have raised a universal call to mobilize for a decade of global, local and people action, to tackle growing poverty, empower women and girls, and address the climate emergency.

The 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS-Forum) is part of a new established conference series and will take place on October 5th and 6th in Sexten | Sesto, in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Italy. The Forum will discuss challenges concerning sustainability in mountain regions, which at the same time provide invaluable ecosystem services for lowlands and their populations. The GMS-Forum 2020 will tackle sustainability governance issues at the crossroads between international frameworks and local contributions focusing on the topics of tourism and natural resource management.

Call for Presentations

All researchers and students are invited to submit their application to present their research on occasion of the 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum. Presentations are expected to be addressing research topics across all disciplines related to challenges and opportunities for sustainability governance, in line with the focus of GMS-Forum 2020. Interdisciplinary topics are particularly welcome.

Abstracts must be submitted by no later than Monday, June 15th, 2020 and should be assigned to one of the four thematic sessions:

  • Global developments and critical issues in sustainability in mountain regions
  • Natural Resources and sustainability in mountains
  • Tourism and sustainability in mountains
  • Sustainable Governance in mountain regions – potential and limitations of possible solutions

All further information on modalities and program can be found on the website of the GMS-Forum, which is continuously updated.

Special Issue - Call for Papers

We are delighted to announce a Special Issue in collaboration with the open access journal Sustainability: “Sustainability Governance: International Frameworks and Local Contributions with Special Consideration of Mountain Areas”.
Participants to the GMS Forum 2020 will be offered a special 50% discount for publishing their research.
Please submit your manuscript at any time until 31 March 2021 HERE.


Registration for all participants will end on September 15th. All presenters are invited to register to the conference by August 28th at the latest, in order to be included in the preliminary programme.

Venue and current situation regarding COVID-19

The GMS-Forum 2020 will take place at the Sesto Dolomites Congress Center Sexten.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Organizing Committee has decided to extend the opportunity to participate to the conference online, so to guarantee to our participants from outside Italy to attend and present while staying safe. All relevant information will be published in time on the website of the GMS-Forum.

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