Summer School on Mountain Ecosystems and Resource Management

Feb. 27, 2020



To build the capacities of future leaders (researchers, students, practitioners and scholars) we have announced a 10-days international program namely FSc MER 2020 or “Summer Field School & Workshop on Mountain Ecosystems and Resource Management” on 6-15 July 2020 in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains. The natural ecosystems in mountain areas are crucial for the existence of humankind on this planet. The proposed program is to cover the contexts of mountain regions globally, i.e. Himalayas, Alps, Andes, Rockies, Karakoram, Pamir, Carpathian, Fuji, Caucasus, etc.

This program will be conducted for 40 international participants in English language covering the contemporary current topics on the following broad areas:

  1. Mountain Ecosystems;
  2. Freshwater Ecosystems;
  3. Forest Ecology;
  4. Grassland Ecosystems;
  5. Biodiversity Conservation;
  6. Wildlife Management;
  7. Ecotourism;
  8. Park-People Interface;
  9. Participatory Resource Management;
  10. Watershed Management;
  11. Sustainable Agriculture & Organic Farming;
  12. Agro-Biodiversity;
  13. Transhumance & Pastoralism;
  14. Livestock Production;
  15. Mountain Livelihoods;
  16. Mountain-based Conventions;
  17. SDGs & Mountains;
  18. Mountain Sustainability. 

Objectives and Purpose of the Program FSc MER 2020

This international training program examines the mountain ecosystems in contexts of human development and natural resources, principles of managing natural resources, and governing the resources for sustainable conservation. Depicting on case studies from a wide range of the current natural resources across the globe, the program considers how different social, political, economic and cultural and gender aspects compete for and sustain the natural resources in mountain ecosystems. The program also examines how environmental activists and their interventions conserved parks, energy, water and land in the face of climate variability basing on a gender perspective. The program will consider how the current international and development system elaborates and processes to sustainably manage the available natural resources in mountain landscapes. The program aims at equipping researchers, students, practitioners and teachers seeking learning about mountain ecosystems and sustainable development, with practical approaches, knowledge and skills necessary for meeting challenges of sustainable use of natural resources globally. This international training program will be executed in partnership of various academic and practice-oriented organizations.

Eligibility for Admission

The FSc MER 2020 is specifically designed for the following:
· Young teachers
· PhD students
· Research scholars
· Early career practitioners
· Degree or Diploma students
· Other having interests
Potential participants having education in the subjects like Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Conservation Biology, Agriculture, Forestry, Human Ecology, Resource Management, Economics, Wildlife, Water Science, Tourism, Animal Science, Cultural Studies, and allied subjects may join the program.

Duration and Location

6 – 15 July 2020. The program is proposed to take place in Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine (based in Ivano-Frankivsk region). See website for the deadline for applying.

How to apply