The Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF) is a flagship initiative of the Scientific Network for Caucasus Mountain Regions (SNC-mt). The regional context of the Caucasus provides a major motivation for organizing biannual regional forums for different stakeholders working on the Caucasus mountain region. The CMFs serve as an important opportunity for scientists and academics, governmental experts, and practitioners to meet and exchange views on opportunities and challenges of sustainable development in the Caucasus region. The CMFs seek to enhance (sub)-regional dialogue and to contribute to better coordination for the progress and prosperity in the region.
The first Caucasus Mountain Forum was held in 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the second in 2019 in Ankara, Turkey. Each gathered over 150 participants from the countries of the Caucasus Ecoregion as well as scientists and practitioners from more than 20 other countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Both Forums were organized with Swiss governmental funding sources such as the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
The CMF has become an acknowledged platform for regional dialogue and cooperation where different stakeholders are able to share study results, ideas, and experiences and seek opportunities for further collaboration.