MRI Global Newsletter | December 2017

MRI Global Newsletter | December 2017

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MRI Global Newsletter

December 2017



Season’s Greetings from the MRI Office – December 2017

snow 1912206 640SMALLA very happy holiday season from all of us here at the MRI Coordination Office.

We are delighted to report that we conclude 2017 with a bang! Earlier this month, the MRI was a participant at the Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Rome where, following a dynamic period of advocacy and endorsement, we were elected to the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee. This is a real opportunity for the MRI to help galvanize Mountain Partnership members globally, and we very much look forward to a productive and successful collaboration.

From Rome to Kathmandu, where Carolina joined over 200 researchers and experts from all over the world to take part in a conference on ‘Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya.’ The goal of this event was to identify, discuss, and jointly recommend possible resilient solution packages suitable for mountain areas, starting with the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, and some very interesting conversations were had. Lastly, December was also an important month for the MRI internally in terms of shaping our strategic direction and setting key priorities, thanks to a very fruitful Science Leadership Council meeting. You can find out more about all of these events in this December 2017 newsletter.

The end of the year is also a chance for reflection. As the MRI looks back on a 2017 filled with exciting progress and development, we believe we are also able look to the future with renewed momentum and confidence. 

Wishing you all the very best for 2018, 

Carolina, Grace, Reto, and Christoph.


Striking Up New Mountain Partnerships

Carolina at the Mountain Partnership Global MeetingElected to the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership at its fifth Global Meeting in December, the MRI looks forward to fruitful collaboration towards achieving the shared goal of sustainable mountain development worldwide.

Over 220 participants attended the fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, coming together in Rome 11-13 December to tackle the issue of ‘Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, and Migration.’

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New Roads in Rome | The MRI Science Leadership Council Meeting

SLC Group SMALLFollowing a year of exciting developments for the MRI, its Science Leadership Council came together in Rome 8-9 December to evaluate progress, review objectives, and set new priorities for 2018 and beyond.

In her opening words, MRI Executive Director Dr. Carolina Adler welcomed the Science Leadership Council (SLC) and expressed her delight at the opportunity for face-to-face collaboration between such a (usually) geographically dispersed group.

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Call for Papers | Nature Sustainability

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Launching in January 2018, Nature Sustainability is a brand new, online only journal that will cover studies of sustainability issues, their policy dimensions, and possible solutions.

To help tackle the challenges that lie ahead, Nature Sustainability aims to provide integrated knowledge about the earth, and its social and technological systems. It is calling for research from a broad range of natural, social, and engineering fields. 

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Call for Submissions | Water Stewardship in Mining Regions

Water DropletThe international peer-reviewed and open-access journal Water has issued a call for submissions for a special issue on 'Water Stewardship in Mining Regions.'

Water is one of the most significant issues facing the global mining sector. This special issue of the journal Water will address challenges and find solutions in order to achieve responsible and equitable water stewardship in mining regions.

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Save the Date! International Mountain Conference 2019

IMC LogoThe International Mountain Conference 2019 (IMC 2019) will focus particularly on the responses of mountains to climate change, and their resilience as social-ecological systems.

If you would like to contribute to this with regard to your research, get cross-disciplinary insights, and support synthesis activities, please take a look at the IMC 2019 website and register for the conference information mailing list.

The IMC 2019 will take place 8-12 September 2019 in Innsbruck, Austria.


New Publication | Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment

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A new article from the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) reviews existing knowledge and knowledge gaps on mountain biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being under global change.

‘Opportunities for Research on Mountain Biodiversity Under Global Change’ was published in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (Volume 29, December 2017).

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Africa - December 2017

AfroMont Mountain Research and News Digest, December 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 - December 2017


eu 1232430 640Taking place in Brussels on 29 January 2018, a brokerage event may be of interest and relevance to members of the 'Science with and for Society' research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020.

This brokerage event will provide detailed information from the European Commission on the first Horizon 2020 calls of the 'Science with and for Society' programme.

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Asia - December 2017


ICIMOD Conference imageAt a conference in Kathmandu organized by ICIMOD and the Government of Nepal, experts renewed the call for collective and inclusive action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Bringing together more than 200 experts from around the globe, the conference took place 3-6 December 2017, and aimed to identify, discuss, and recommend possible resilient solution packages suitable for mountain areas.

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Sincerely yours,

Carolina Adler 
Executive Director
The Mountain Research Intitiative


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