African Mountain Research Times - 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.

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


Save the Kenyan cloud forests

Forest ecologist Dr Aida Cuni-Sanchez from our Department of Environment, explains the importance of Africa's cloud forests – and the work underway at York to preserve them. See her research intentions at

Dr Cuni-Sanchez has also made an inspiring short video on her work with the Keynan cloud forests, worth watching to get a better feeling of what she does.


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Mount Marsabit lake in northern Kenya. The branches, leaves and mosses in cloud forests have the ability to trap moisture from clouds creating a green oasis in the arid landscape. Credit: Xavier de Diego



Terrestrial ecosystems at risk of major shifts as temperatures increase

Terrestrial ecosystems at risk of major shifts as temperatures increase (2013). Even though this is dated 2013, the findings are very concerning. Terrestrial ecosystems include mountains. This research was presented in the paper ‘Critical impacts of global warming on land ecosystems’ to appear in the EGU open access journal Earth System Dynamics on 08 October 2013. Please mention the publication if reporting on this story and, if reporting online, include a link to the paper or to the journal website.

The scientific article is available online, free of charge at

The discussion paper (before peer review) and reviewers comments is available at



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Check out the website on a father and son’s idea to start a Pleistocene Park in a very remote region of Siberia (Ok, so not an African mountain, but compelling in a crazy way anyway).

Pleistocene Park: An Ice Age Ecosystem To Save The World



Call for papers: Food security and sustainable development in mountains

Food security is a key concern for sustainable development in mountain areas. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that present validated insights into development solutions for reducing malnutrition and increasing food security for mountain people; that analyze food systems in mountains against the background of global trends and the need for conserving ecosystems; or that offer agendas for research or policymaking aimed at increasing the sustainability of food systems in mountains. Notices of intent are due by 15 November 2017, full papers by 28 February 2018.

Read detailed call for papers



Mountain Research and Development Vol 37, No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs

For this issue, guest editors G. Gratzer and W. Keeton invited researchers to reflect on the role of mountain forests in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Papers cover gender issues in Ethiopian agroforestry, the impact of migration on gender relations in forest user groups in Nepal, the profitability of small-scale mountain farm forestry in Austria, the impact of rubber on the rural economy in China, a throughfall-exclusion experiment in a forest area in Bhutan, and the resilience of mountain forests to disturbance scenarios in India. Two agendas follow: for research on Andean forest landscapes and their capacity to contribute to sustainable development, and for practice, on ways in which US federal land managers can help sustain forest productivity. Two further papers are on property rights, rangeland management, and herder livelihoods in Bhutan, and on a method to model urban spatial growth in mountains in China.

The issue is available online and open access:

Read about the journal’s section policies, guidelines and submission procedure at:

The MRD Editorial Team
MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment



Conservation Insight Grants 2018

The next Conservation Insight Grants will be awarded in 2018. The deadline for applications will be in April 2018. The grants will be assessed in a meeting in June 2018. Please submit any applications for funding in early 2018.
Check out a wide variety of small research grant at the Terra Visa Website:



Editor’s Choice - selected new literature


Science of the dammed: Expertise and knowledge claims in contested dam removals. Sneddon, C.; Magilligan, F.; Fox, C. (2017). Water Alternatives 10(3): 677-696.


Understanding the role of conceptual frameworks: Reading the ecosystem service cascade. Potschin-Young, M.; Haines-Young, R.; Görg, C.; Heink, U.; Jax, K.; Schleyer, C. (2017). Ecosystem Services, available online 16 June 2017.


First quantitative survey delineates the distribution of chimpanzees in the Eastern Central African Republic. Aebischer, T.; Siguindo, G.; Rochat, E.; Arandjelovic, M.; Heilman, A.; Hickisch, R.; Vigilant, L.; Joost, S.; Wegmann, D. (2017). Biological Conservation, Volume 213, Part A, September 2017, Pages 84-94.


Deformation and sedimentary evolution of the Lake Albert Rift (Uganda, East African Rift System). Simon, B.; Guillocheau, F.; Robin, C.; Dauteuil, O.; Nalpas, T.; Pickford, M.; Senut, B.; Lays, P.; Bourges, P.; Bez, M. (2017). MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, 86 17-37; 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.05.006 SEP 2017.