Sustainable Mountain Futures: Linking People and Information for Effective Landscape Decision-Making in the Andes
University of Georgia
Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador; University of Georgia
Robert E. Rhoades
David Steward (Georgia); Juan Hidalgo (Ecuador)
The purpose of this activity is to design a research strategy and methodologies that involve local populations (and related stakeholders) in the integration,testing, ground-truthing and adapting of decision support tools aimed at sustainability. This research addresses the gap between local decision-making
realities and scientifically based decision-making processes for the purpose of creating negotiated future visions of the landscape.
1. Integrate data from the SANREM- Andes activities (land use/biodiversity, hydrology, ethnoecology, institutions) into a futures scenario modeling process at two Ecuadorian test sites (Nanegal and Cotacachi). 2. Test and refine the participatory future scenarios modeling exercise with a hierarchy of decision-makers (internal and external) connected with the land- scapes around Cotacachi and Nanegal. 3. Extrapolate the Futures Scenario methodology to other global mountainous landscape/watershed projects as a contribution to Agenda 21, Chapter 13.