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logo 900 enHave you been involved in a green infrastructure project in the Carpathians? Your expertise is needed! Share it by completing a short online survey – in doing so you'll be supporting an EU LIFE project being carried out by the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, which aims to promote green infrastructure in this important mountain chain. 

The project 'LIFE Green-Go! Carpathians' aims to raise awareness among local communities in the Carpathians of the need to protect biodiversity in rural areas. In particular, the project is working to promote green infrastructure, highlight the need to maintain and restore ecological connectivity, and increase awareness of the importance of ecosystem services for sustainable local development. To achieve its aims, 'LIFE Green-Go! Carpathians' is supporting local cooperation to enhance green infrastructure in Natura 2000 sites in the Polish Carpathians.

Read more: Mapping Green Infrastructure in the Carpathians

LOGO WMFJoin the discussion of 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways Towards a Thriving Mountain Future' in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23-26 October 2018.

Mountain communities and ecosystems are transforming under emerging drivers of global change. The pronounced vulnerability of mountain people and ecosystems to the negative effects of global change make building adaptive capacity and resilience an urgent priority. Developing and identifying solutions to enhance mountain livelihoods and well-being in a sustainable manner must be built on inclusive, just, and environmentally friendly foundations to be sustainable in the long term.

Read more: World Mountain Forum 2018 | Call for Contributions & Registration

mountains glacier thumbTowards the end of this year, geoscience experts will gather in Bern, Switzerland to exchange knowledge and explore the most current geoscience research. Abstract submissions are invited on a wide range of geoscience topics, encompassing the lithosphere, the atmosphere, and the anthroposphere.

The 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting is organized by the Institute of Geography and the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern, and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). It will take place on Friday, 30 November and Saturday, 1 December 2018.

Read more: Call for Abstracts | 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting

Bled Castle SmallAt the end of May 2018, 200 politicians, researchers, activists, and government representatives came together in Bled, Slovenia to discuss ‘Alpine Tourism: Quality of Life Inclusive’ at the joint conference of CIPRA International and the Alliance in the Alps. Among them was MRI SLC member Andreas Muhar. We spoke to him to get his take on this event.

Situated on the edge of a tranquil lake and in the shadow of an imposing 11th century castle, Bled, Slovenia is an idyllic location for a conference – and attracts tourists from all over the world. But as the conference ‘Alpine Tourism: Quality of Life Inclusive’ highlighted, this influx of people creates challenges as well as opportunities.

Read more: Two Sides of the Tourism Coin

DSC 0016 smaller stillHosted by the MRI in May, this GEO-GNOME Status and Scoping Workshop focused on different needs for mountain data and the role of GEO-GNOME in curating and providing this data. The actions planned as a result of this workshop will improve both the spatial and thematic span of mountain data, as well as the availability of mountain data for policy information needs.

The GEO-GNOME (The Group on Earth Observations Global Network for Observation and Information in Mountain Environments) Status and Scoping Workshop was called in order to review and bring to fruition the recently revised GEO-GNOME work plan for 2018-2019. Active participants of the GEO-GNOME effort, as well as others identified as having key expertise on the subject matter, were invited to attend.

Read more: GEO-GNOME Status and Scoping Workshop: Bridging data gaps in mountain environments

E 2018 SDG Poster without UN emblem Letter USWhich of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets are most relevant to mountains in the context of global change? As part of an MRI collaborative project, several workshops are currently being held in the world’s mountain regions to find out.

To achieve sustainable development, mountain communities and ecosystems must overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities that are specific to the mountain context. Monitoring the progress of mountain regions as they work towards sustainable mountain development therefore needs to be contextualized to effectively guide, coordinate, and assess development efforts.

Read more: Prioritizing the Sustainable Development Goals

taiwan 1117008 1280A new paper published in Climate Dynamics investigates the impact of spatial resolution in one global climate model on the representation of elevation-dependent warming (EDW), and highlights possible differences in EDW and in its causes in different mountain regions. We talk to paper author Dr. Elisa Palazzi about the significance of this research.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests warming rates are amplified by elevation, with high mountain areas experiencing more rapid changes in temperature than lower elevation environments. This has serious implications for both mountain ecosystems and areas downstream.

Read more: New Publication | Elevation-Dependent Warming in Global Climate Model Simulations at High Spatial...