The VIII All-Russia Conference with international participation «Mountain Ecosystems and their Components» was launched on September 20, 2021 in Nalchik, Russia, as part of the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation.
The project was organized by the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) on Ecology of Biological Systems, the RAS Tembotov Institute of Ecology of Mountain Territories, the RAS A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, the RAS Teriological Society, the Interregional Public Environmental Movement «Ecology — Life» and the Kabardino-Balkarian State University named after H.M.Berbekov.
The conference programme committee included V.N.Bolshakov, RAS academician, V.V.Rozhnov, RAS corresponding member, Tembotova and other scholars from Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia and Tajikistan.
The focus of the five-day conference is biological diversity in mountainous conditions, the principles of its formation, species and population diversity, ecology and evolution of organisms and communities in mountainous areas, the scientific basis for balanced environmental management and protection of natural resources in mountains, including invasion by alien organisms as a basis for counteracting man-made and biogenic threats to society, environmental education and awareness, as an element of the activities of social institutions in mountainous terrain.
Particular attention will be paid to the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme and the MAB-6 mountain project.