Expert examines Himalayan deforestation in March 13 talk

What’s really happening to the forests of the Himalayan mountains, an area many people believe to be facing severe environmental threats? Jack D. Ives, a world-renowned expert on mountain ecology and sustainable development, will separate fact from fiction in a March 13 lecture at UW-Madison.

Ives, honorary research professor of geography and environmental studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, argues that the Chinese government, along with Bangladesh and India, have political motivations for blaming mountain ethnic minorities for deforestation in the region. His talk, titled “Deconstructing the Myth of Deforestation in Northwest Yunnan and the Great Himalaya,” will take place at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in 114 Van Hise Hall.

In his role as United Nations University senior advisor on mountain ecology and sustainable development. Ives has conducted research in places such as Tibet, Madagascar, Tajikistan and the Andes. He is the founding president of the International Mountain Society and has worked as coordinator of the United Nations University’s mountain ecology program since 1978. His presentation is sponsored by the UW-Madison Lectures Committee, the IGERT China Program, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies.