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Fourth Mainau Forum set to kick off today

Starting today, a number of the world’s top experts in the area of sustainability and climate change will gather from the 20th-22nd November on the Island of Mainau on Lake Constance (GER) for the fourth edition of the Mainau Forum.

Under the theme ‘The Future of the Mountain Population’, nearly 100 people will discuss the latest trends in climate change and the effect it is having on the mountain communities and winter sports stakeholders.

Organised by FIS and the Marc Hodler Foundation, the fourth FIS Forum will build on the primary theme from the previous edition of the Mainau Forum staged in 2008 which concentrated on the topic of ‘Sustainability of Snowsports’. 

25 years ago in 1994, FIS adopted the Mainau Manifesto at the second edition of the Forum, which articulates its commitment to supporting the sustainability of skiing, through concern for nature and the environment. That manifesto was updated again in 2008 and will be reviewed and rewritten following the findings from the next three days. 

The primary session themes during the ‘The Future of the Mountain Population’ Forum include:

  • Development of climate, weather and snow - a global, complex phenomenon
  • An empirical analysis of economic, financial, and social effects of the climate change
  • Climate development, weather and snow challenge for venues and winter sport associations
  • Responsibility and action / Possible resilience – adaption strategies
  • Climate change: Impact on mountain regions and their inhabitants
  • The challenge of FIS: Adapting and protecting nature and the environment

Sustainability has always been a key focus area for FIS. Given the latest effects of a climate change and the ensuing global discussion, this topic has become even more pertinent. The goal of the fourth FIS Mainau Forum, organised by FIS and the Marc Hodler Foundation, is to explore the available scientific facts together with recent experiences from related fields such as industry, trade and tourism. This objective assessment of current information will provide the foundation for reflection, any necessary refinements and a future course of action.

 
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