MRI Global Newsletter | November 2017

MRI Global Newsletter | November 2017

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MRI Global Newsletter

November 2017




News Brief from the MRI Office | November 2017 | A Month of Collaboration and Engagement

MRI November Newsletter briefNovember 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. 

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Global Assessments | IPCC, IPBES, and UNISDR

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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.

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MRI in Japan | SLC Members Fly the Flag for Mountains

Mountain Flag JapanIn 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. 

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Call for Experts | UNCCD Science-Policy Interface

UNCCD Call for Experts 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.

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Call for Papers | Mountain Research and Development

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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.

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Call for Sessions | Thinking Mountains 2018

Thinking Mountains 2018

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. 

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Call for Sessions | ECSA Conference 2018


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. 

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Call for Abstracts, Sessions, and Registrations | Other Conferences

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A number of other conferences are calling for your participation and contributions.

Discover how you can get involved in The European Geosciences Union General Assembly, the 4th Sustainable Summits Conference, and Adaptation Futures 2018. 

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Our Latest Blog Posts

Check out the latest blog posts from members of our global mountain research community.

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.

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.

‘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.

Missed a post? You can catch up with all our previous blogs on our website.

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Last Chance to Register | INARCH Workshop

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. 

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Reminder | LabEx ITEM Winter School | Innovation & Mountain Territories

4 - 7 April 2018, Monte Carasso, Switzerland

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.

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Other Upcoming Mountain Events

Have a look at our list of other upcoming mountain-related events here!


Regional Environmental Change | Special Issue on Land Cover in Mountains

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.

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Africa - November 2017

AfroMont Mountain Research and News Digest, November 2017

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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.

AfroMont now has a Facebook page, see

Read the full AfroMont News Digest here!

Photo credit: Mountain formation in the Angolan Plateau (internet source)

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Europe - November 2017


European CommissionLast 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.

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mountain lakeForumAlpinum 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. 

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Latin America - November 2017


20170524 latinamerica mainCumbre 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.
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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.
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  1. Remote sensing of land use and carbon losses following tropical deforestation.
  2. Land tenure and forest rights of rural and indigenous women in Latin America: Empirical evidence.
  3. Investigación ecológica participativa como apoyo de procesos de manejo y restauración forestal, agroforestal y silvopastoril en territorios campesinos. Experiencias recientes y retos en la sierra Madre de Chiapas, México. 
  4. Paleolimnological evidence of global change in high mountain ecosystems of Sierra Nevada. 



Sincerely yours,

Carolina Adler 
Executive Director
The Mountain Research Intitiative



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