The third Caucasus Mountain Forum under the title “Transdisciplinarity for Sustainable Tourism Development: Role of Caucasus Scientists” will be devoted to tourism development perspectives and challenges in the region, identified as one of the hottest issues by the Caucasus Regional Research Agenda (C-RRA) adopted by the second CMF in Ankara.
CMF3 will offer a combination of plenary sessions open to the public, research sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. Plenary Sessions will cover the following topics:
- Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches in landscape protection and mountain tourism development: role of scientists in research, planning, and development
- Tourism as a key livelihood option for sustainable mountain development: compatibility between innovation and tradition
- Environmental protection and responses to climate change: a key challenge for developing responsible tourism industry practices.
CMF3 will be held in Kutaisi, Georgia at Akaki Tsereteli State University.
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 in 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.