November saw the MRI engaging with many partners, stakeholders, and collaborators, including international scientific networks such as Future Earth and existing and new regional hubs for mountain research.
Fruitful engagement and progress has been achieved in terms of establishing collaborations with international organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID Arendal's Polar and Mountain Environments Programme.
November saw a number of important developments related to the global assessments.
Earlier this month, a call was issued for review and synthesis papers on climate change adaptation for the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC (AR6). Meanwhile, preparations are underway in Geneva for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Global Risk Assessment in 2019, and calls for contributions on indigenous and local knowledge are still open for the IPBES Global Assessment effort. Read More
In November, two MRI Science Leadership Council (SLC) members headed to Japan to attend key events on mountain science and disaster risk.
Representing the MRI at the International Symposium on Mountain Sciences 2017 in Tsukuba, Japan, Prof. Dr. Jörg Balsiger gave a talk on the MRI's work and the way in which it is adapting to trends in mountain research and international mountain policy. In Tokyo, meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala participated as co-chair at the 18th Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee Meeting.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is inviting experts to apply to become members and observers of its Science-Policy Interface (SPI).
Established in 2013, the SPI aims to promote dialogue between scientists and policy-makers on desertification, land degradation, and drought - all of which pose a severe threat to mountain regions. Applications close 4 December 2017.
The international, peer-reviewed journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD), in collaboration with MRI, has issued a call for papers for a focus issue on 'Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Mountains.'
Through this focus issue, MRD and MRI aim to present systematically assessed novel practices and well-researched insights into the implications of climate change, while also contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report.
Thinking Mountains is a triennial interdisciplinary mountain studies summit that promotes dialogue about mountain places, peoples, and activities.
Thinking Mountains 2018 will take place in the heart of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, 2-5 October, and submissions for sessions, papers, posters, and side meetings are now invited. The summit will provide opportunities to meet established authors, researchers, and experts in mountain studies, along with those who are new to the field.
Why do citizens collaborate? What is their motivation to volunteer? Are they developing a deeper interest and engagement in science?
These and other questions will be at the heart of the Second International European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Conference 2018, which will take place 3-6 June in Geneva, Switzerland. Submissions for session proposals are open until 10 January 2018.
Check out the latest blog posts from members of our global mountain research community.
LAND COVER AND LAND USE CHANGE IN THE TROPICAL ANDES Land use trends are a main driver of environmental change. To explore patterns, future scenarios, and research agendas related to land cover and land use change in the Tropical Andes, an MRI synthesis workshop was held in Quito, Ecuador, 27-29 September 2017.
WHY DO SIKA DEER HEAD TO THE ALPINE ZONE IN JAPAN? In recent years, sika deer have penetrated into Japan's alpine zone. With them grazing on the rare alpine plant community, there is a danger that these alpine meadows, a symbol of the rich mountain environment, will disappear.
HUMAN NEEDS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT: PATHWAYS 2017 ‘Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management’ was an international gathering of over 270 scientists, NGOs, and government agencies from 20 countries. The theme was FUTURES, addressing the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner.
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8 - 9 February 2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany INARCH, a global collaborative research initiative in mountain hydrology, will be holding its third annual workshop at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS), and will provide an opportunity for scientists to explore and discuss those specific issues in mountain snow and ice hydrology highlighted in the inaugural INARCH workshop in Kananaskis in October 2015 and during the course of the second annual workshop in Grenoble in 2016.
The deadline for registration is 15 December 2015.
The 3rd LabEx ITEM International Winter School on 'Innovation and Mountain Territories' seeks to promote young researchers working on mountain territories. It is aimed at doctoral students, post-doctoral and junior researchers, and also at researchers in integration, or MA students planning on doing a PhD.
The journal Regional Environmental Change has published a special issue focusing on the topic 'Current practices and challenges for modeling past and future land use and land cover changes in mountainous regions.'
This special issue of Regional Environmental Change (Volume 17, Issue 8, December 2017) features many papers presented at the 2015 'Mountains of Our Future Earth' conference in Perth, Scotland, and was guest edited by Jacek Kozak, Urs Gimmi, Thomas Houet, and Janine Bolliger. Read More
AfroMont Mountain Research and News Digest, November 2017
AfroMont, a knowledge sharing platform, was initiated in 2007 by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) to focus research attention on the diverse issues and challenges facing the mountainous regions of sub-Saharan Africa. AfroMont is an online media platform, now with ten years of activities, all with a focus on Africa mountain research and Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) in African countries. We follow advances in African mountain research and issues including news and specialized opinion articles covering all aspects of global change in mountains.
Last October, the European Commission announced that it will invest €30 billion of EU research and innovation funding in the Horizon 2020 programme during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. Over the next three years, the Commission hopes to increase the impact of its research funding by focusing on critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy, and digital economy, supporting the Commission's political priorities - all of which are topics relevant in the mountains context.
ForumAlpinum has issued a call for contributions to its 2018 edition exploring the topic 'Alpine Water - Common Good or Source of Conflicts?' Proposals are invited from science, administration, and practice for workshops, poster presentations, and other formats that present projects on the current or future use and management of Alpine water.
Proposals must be submitted in English by 10th January 2018.
Cumbre latinoamericana de la Iniciativa Andina de Montañas (IAM)
El martes 28 de noviembre, representantes de la Iniciativa Andina de Montaña (IAM) se reunieron en Huaraz, Perú, para analizar la situación actual de las montañas andinas, en el contexto del cambio climático, y planificar colaboraciones a escala regional en nuevas estrategias e iniciativas que permitan la conservación y protección de estos ecosistemas.
Este encuentro fue organizado por el Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Glaciares y Ecosistemas de Montaña del Perú (INAIGEM), con el apoyo de el consorcio para el desarrollo de la ecorregión andina (CONDESAN), el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú y auspiciado por el Programa Regional de Seguridad Energética y Cambio Climático en América Latina de la Fundación Konrad Adenauer – EKLA-KAS. Leer más
IV Conferencia Panamericana en sistemas de humedales para el manejo, tratamiento y mejoramiento de la calidad del agua Lima – Perú del 15 al 18 de mayo del 2018. Leer más