Keynotes

Jack D. Ives

Honorary Adjunct Research Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Title of the lecture: From the Mountain Agenda to the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022: Progress, Problems, and Future Directions (Tentative)
Jack D. Ives is a Canadian mountain geographer, an Honorary Adjunct Research Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, an author, and a prominent advocate of mountain issues at the global level. He was formerly director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, founding editor of two peer-reviewed journals, chair of the Commission on High Altitude Geoecology under the auspices of the International Geographical Union, and a senior advisor on mountain ecology and sustainable development for United Nations University. Perhaps no other person in the past century has had as much impact in bringing mountains to the attention of the global development, scientific, and educational communities.

Pitamber Sharma

Title of the lecture: Mobility and Mountain Development: the case of Nepal.
Former Professor of Geography, Tribhuvan University, and former Vice-Chair of the National Planning Commission of Nepal. He is currently associated with Resources Himalaya Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working on environment and livelihood issues in the Himalayas. He has worked widely on issues of urbanization, environment, tourism and regional development. His publications include Urbanization in Nepal (1989), Market Towns in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas (2000), Tourism as Development (2001), Unravelling the Mozaic (2008), Some Aspects of Nepal’s Social Demography (2014), and the recently published Nepal-India Border Disputes (2022). He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University, USA.

Edwin Bernbaum

Title of the lecture: The Heights of Inspiration: The Role of Sacred Mountains in Promoting Environmental and Cultural Conservation
Edwin Bernbaum, Ph,D, is Co-Chair of the IUCN Specialist Group on the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA), Senior Fellow at the Instituto de Montaña, and a leading authority on sacred mountains. The first edition of his book Sacred Mountains of the World received the Commonwealth Club of California’s gold medal for nonfiction. Cambridge University Press has recently published an updated second edition. As Director of the Sacred Mountains Program at The Mountain Institute, he initiated and directed projects developing interpretive materials with US National Parks based on the cultural and spiritual significance of features of nature in cultures around the world. He worked with ICIMOD on a proposed nomination of Mount Kailash and the pilgrimage routes leading to it from India and Nepal as a UNESCO trans-boundary World Heritage site.

Frederic Kauffman

CEO and Founder of The NeverRest Project
Title of the lecture: The NeverRest Project: How Nepal’s going to lead the sustainability agenda.
The NeverRest Project is an environmental and technological engineering company that works to implement a system of sustainable actions and a self-sufficient circular economy aimed at environmental protection and management, to achieve a balance between tourism and ecosystem.
Frédéric Kauffmann has dedicated most of his career to Communication, winning awards and recognitions for environmental communication, such as the 2019 Impact Award (Barcelona) or the Act.Responsible -affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communication and Global Impact for the ‘Plastic Fish’ campaign to raise awareness about sea and oceans pollution.