It’s hard to believe it’s already April! We have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes here at the MRI Coordination Office and we hope that, as the natural world springs to life around us, our efforts will also soon bear fruit. On that note, the MRI was pleased to have been among the experts selected to author the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) earlier this month – and as MRI Executive Director I am personally thrilled to have been chosen by the IPCC Co-Chairs for Working Group II to serve as the Lead for the AR6 Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains. The IPCC is also currently looking for Expert Reviewers for its upcoming SROCC report, and I encourage you to consider putting yourselves forward to review the content for Chapter 2: High Mountain Areas.
In other April news, over 15,000 scientists came together in Austria for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, which hosted over 100 mountain-focused sessions. The MRI also took part in the first Mountain Partnership (MP) Steering Committee meeting for the 2018-2021 period, our first meeting in this role since being elected during the MP Global Meeting in Rome in December. And last, but by no means least, we are delighted to have a new Scientific Officer on our team! Please join me in offering Dr. Aino Kulonen a very warm welcome to the MRI fold.
Dr. Aino Kulonen holds a Masters from the University of Helsinki, where she specialized in biogeography and arctic vegetation, and a PhD from the University of Bergen. In her PhD thesis, she studied patterns and drivers of floristic change on European mountain summits over the past 150 years. Aino is involved in several international networks collecting ecological data in mountains, and hopes to bring some of the experiences and mood from these collaborations to the MRI.
In Aino’s very first blog post for us, you can read her thoughts on the power of collaboration and find out about her role in the Summit Flora project exploring the link between climate warming and an increased richness in plant species on mountain summits - the results of which were recently published in the journal Nature.
Why does understanding water matter? MRI Chair Rolf Weingartner talks us through his three-decade-long project to build a hydrological atlas of Switzerland. HADES, the Hydrologischen Atlas der Schweiz, is a comprehensive scientific reference tool mapping and collating data on water in Switzerland. Thanks to the country's mountainous topography, it also offers detailed insights into mountain hydrology globally.
This workshop aims to refine and bring the GEO-GNOME work plan to fruition during 2018-2019.
The workshop will review the GEO-GNOME work plan with active participants of the GEO-GNOME effort, as well as others identified as having key expertise and knowledge on the subject matter. Limited spots are still available for participants, and registration to attend is required. Deadline 11 May.
'An agenda for sustainable mountaineering: research needs, projects, and partnership opportunities.'
This workshop will allow continued dialogue and exploration of the issues and ideas presented during the Sustainable Summits Conference 2018. The workshop is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Registration is therefore required. Deadline 18 May.
AfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in researching the science-policy and science-diplomacy issues relating to African mountains and sustainable mountain development.
This month's AfroMont news covers a range of topics, from the death of the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino to the need for greater emphasis on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for African mountain ecosystems. Read More
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This blog post written by Macpherson Nthara, Chief Land Resources Conservation Officer at the Malawi Government's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development, explores evolving risks and the impacts of climate change on lives and livelihoods.
THE POWER OF THE SCIENTIFIC FAMILY The MRI's new Scientific Officer Dr. Aino Kulonen explores the value of scientific collaboration across borders. She also discusses her collaborative project with her 'scientific family' Summit Flora, the results of which were published in the journal Nature earlier this month.
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Mountains 2018 takes place in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, 10-14 December, and will bring together international scholars, professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved with multiple aspects of sustainable mountain development. Deadline 31 May.
The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) invites funding proposals for interdisciplinary teams to develop evidence-based solutions to challenges at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being. The MRI is offering its support. Deadline 6 June.