A key challenge for Earth system sustainability is to balance human needs with healthy ecosystems. Sustainable development strategies strive to mitigate the environmental degradation that results from population growth and economic development. The overarching goal of our work in the Himalaya is to improve our ability to assess impacts of sustainable development policy on the environment. The High Himalaya is an excellent natural laboratory for our research because Himalayan temperate forests are one of the most threatened biomes on earth, and diverse sustainable development strategies have been implemented in varied socio-political contexts.
Jodi Brandt, Boise State University
Teri Allendorf and Volker Radeloff, University of Wisconsin
Jeremy Brooks, Ohio State University;
Van Butsic, University of California-Berkeley