1st West Africa Mountain Forum

5-8 October, Kpalimé, Togo

Invitation and Call for Abstracts

From October 5 to 8, 2017 in Kpalimé, Togo (West Africa), the 1st West Africa Mountain Forum will be organized by the Platform of Civil Society Organizations for the Safeguard of Mountains (PSM) in partnership with the Togolese Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources and the Mountain Partnership.

The main theme of the event is “The contribution of mountains to the development of the economy and the adaptation to climate changes” and aims to is to promote sustainability and environmental justice by urging Governments, Local decision makers, Traditional leaders and NGOs dealing with environmental protection, through lobbying and advocacy, to take into account the sustainable management of mountain ecosystems in their national development’s policies and action plans.

It will gather at least, 100 scientists, researchers, traditional leaders, representatives of women right defense organizations, national and international NGO’s representatives from Africa, Europe, Asia and America and all those who have the possibility and willing to contribute through their experience so that the event be successful are kindly invited.

Registration: The registration process will start from May 30 to July 31, 2017 and the registration form is available on the forum website: www.forum-foam.org - it should be filled in and send back to:

forummontagne@gmail.com
julio.adji@gmail.com


Call for submission of abstracts

Deadline: June 30, 2017 at 5 PM GMT

The platform PSM is looking for success stories related to the different projects defined below, from mountain practitioners worldwide. Abstracts will be selected for presentation during this first West Africa mountain forum in October 2017 in Togo.


1- A mountain protection’s project implemented in collaboration with local communities that contributed to the stability of the ecosystem, the protection of rivers and streams and has improved the livelihoods of the surrounding communities;


Guidelines 1: For this first case study, please bring out or stress in your abstract on:

- What was the methodology used to achieve your goal?

- Who was your target communities and the process developed to involve them in the project?

- What has been the benefit earnedin taking part in the project?

- What are the methods of communication used?

- What is the lesson learned?

- What make the project sustainable?

 

2- A mountain ecosystem management project that has enabled to enhance historical and cultural heritage formerly unknown or longtime hidden to local communities but constitute a source of promotion of sustainable tourism and generate in large scale income on local and national levels;


Guidelines 2: For the second case study, please bring out or stress in your abstract on:

- How the sacred sitehave been discovered and how did you manage to get the agreement from authorities towork on the target site?

- How did you conciliate the development of the siteto the protection of the mountain and its resources?

- What was the contribution of traditional leaders in the implementation of the project?

- What was the challenges and how did you raised them?

- What were the strength, weakness, opportunity and threatens and how did you raised them?

- What is the project showing as innovation?

- What make the project sustainable?



3- A Lobbying and Advocacy project carried out and enabled to incite a Government or a local administration to take into account the sustainable management of mountains in the development of their policies;

Guidelines 3: For this third case study, please bring out or stress in your abstract on:

- What is the methodology developed to set up the L&A process?

- What was the strategy to mobilize the L&A group and what is the secret that helped to reach your goal?

- What werethe strength, weakness, opportunity and threatens and how did you raised them?

- What is the project showing as innovation?

- What is the lesson learned?

- What make the project sustainable?



4- A transboundary mountain ecosystems management’s project carried out with success in collaboration with different stakeholders;

Guidelines 4: For this forth case study, please bring out or stress in your abstract on:

- What is the approach developed to set up the project?

- Who were involved and what was their contributions

- What were the strength, weakness, opportunity and threatens?

- What was the challenges from any side of the reserve and how did you raised them?

- What is the project showing as innovation?

- What is the lesson learned?

- What make the project sustainable?



5- A climate change initiative implemented in a mountain area that has improved the landscape and reestablished the ecological functions in the area.

Guidelines 5: For this fifth case study, please bring out or stress in your abstract on:

- What was the approach developed to set up the project?

- What are the potentials identified that deserved restoration?

- What was the approach developed to reestablish the landscape?

- What is the project showing as innovation?

- What is the lesson learned?

- What make the project sustainable?



6- A research project in close link with mountain ecosystems protection carried out with success.

Guidelines 6: For this sixth case study, please bring out or stress in your abstract on:

- What were the fundamental elements of the research?

- What was the global and main specific objectives of the research initiative?

- What was indicated in terms of innovation?

- Who are the beneficiaries of the outcomes of the researches carried out?

- What was set up to deal with the research successfully?

- What is the lesson learned?