Interdisciplinary research and capacity development – a strategy for mountain societies

Date: 26 June 2015
Other languages: Русский язык |

Speaker: Dr Christopher Martius, Principal Scientist of Climate Change at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia, Lecturer for agro ecology and landscape management at the University of Bonn, Germany

Date: 26 June 2015, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia (UCA), 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,2nd Floor Conference Room.

Close to one billion people on this planet live in poverty, and the world is surpassing many of its planetary sustainability boundaries. While bold action is needed, it often seems to fail – see our ineffectiveness in the face of global climate change. These problems are felt more strongly in the world’s mountain areas of developing and transition countries, where terrain, remoteness and limited financial resources conspire to increase vulnerability and risk. Often, interdisciplinary research is offered as the solution to these ‘intractable’ problems, and ‘integrated’ approaches abound, but something seems missing from these recipes. Institutions such as the MSRI can make a huge difference because they fill part of the gap: They build local capacity to deliver effective solutions by creating local ‘ownership’. But there appears to be more to this.

In this presentation I will draw on my own research experience – from a long-term, interdisciplinary research project on land and water management in Central Asia (Khorezm region in Uzbekistan) – and on the more recent debates on development and climate research, to explore how a long-term, salient, and credible science program could be shaped that would help delivering the needed ‘change from within’. I will try to develop a 'Theory of Change' as a strategy that links interdisciplinary research to development results, and that could guide research on mountain ecologies and societies – bringing together sustainability, ecology and livelihoods.  

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Dr Christopher Martius is a Principal Scientist of Climate Change at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. Martius is also a lecturer for agro ecology and landscape management at the University of Bonn, Germany. He has a background in ecology and has managed various interdisciplinary research projects and programmes on climate change, land use, and biodiversity. Martius has co-authored about 130 articles on tropical ecology in rainforests and drylands, nutrient cycling, soil ecology, biodiversity and climate change.

The presentation will be in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.

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