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MRD Call 40 2 Biodiversity cropped smallThe journal Mountain Research and Development has issued a call for papers that contribute to a better understanding of the interrelationship between global change, mountain biodiversity, and human well-being. 

Mountain biodiversity provides billions of upland and lowland inhabitants with vital ecosystem services and sources of livelihoods. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that present validated insights into ways of managing mountain (agro)biodiversity so that it contributes to human well-being; that analyze interlinkages between mountain biodiversity, global change, ecosystems, and people; or that offer evidence-informed agendas for research or policymaking with regard to these interlinkages.

Read more: Call for Papers: Mountain Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

china 2638248Chapter submissions focusing on changing mountain environments in response to climate change and/or land use change are invited. The book 'Mountain Landscapes in Transition: Effects of Land Use and Climate Change' is designed as an interdisciplinary publication which critically evaluates developments in mountains of the world, with contributions from both social and natural sciences. 

Editors: Udo Schickhoff, RB Singh, and Suraj Mal

With c. 25 percent of the world’s total terrestrial surface higher than 1000 meters and 11 percent higher than 2000 meters, mountains considerably influence regional and continental atmospheric circulation as well as water and energy cycles, and provide ecosystem services to about half of humanity. Mountains are an important source of water, energy, forest, and agricultural products, minerals, and other natural resources.

Read more: Call for Chapters | Mountain Landscapes in Transition

MRD 38 4 20x15cm 200dpiThe latest issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development looks at why mountain people might be more vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition than their average fellow citizens, and explores promising approaches to making food systems in mountain regions more sustainable.

Food security is a key concern for sustainable development in mountain areas. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, in 2012 almost half of those who live in developing countries’ rural mountain areas were vulnerable to hunger, while the global average of food insecure people in developing countries was one in eight. 

Read more: Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 4: Food Security and Sustainable Development in...

DSC 0033 smallAs part of its mission, the MRI provides funding contributions for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community. The deadline for proposals is 7 February 2019


The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) promotes and coordinates research on global change in mountain regions around the world. As part of that mission, MRI provides funding contributions for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community, with the objective of producing synthesis products such as articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals or compilation of relevant data into publishable databases.

Read more: MRI Call for Synthesis Workshops 2019

Jorg B at FC2018Since 2015, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a global blueprint to address global challenges and achieve a “better and more sustainable future for all” – but what does this mean for mountain science? In his plenary presentation at the 5th Forum Carpaticum, the MRI's Co-Chair Prof. Jörg Balsiger explored this question. 

Using illustrations from the MRI's activities and recent scientific developments, Jörg Balsiger suggests three key implications of the 2030 Agenda. First, the 2030 Agenda’s integrated and indivisible character directly relates to the need to reinforce scientific efforts to transcend established boundaries, not only between disciplines but also between highlands and lowlands, between territory and function, and between the meanings of science of, in, and for mountains.

Second, the 2030 Agenda’s call to localize the SDGs, including through regional and subregional frameworks, highlights the important question of scale and thus the scalar positioning of mountain science and scientific organizing. Third, the 2030 Agenda’s transformative ambition should serve to reflect on the role of science in society and societal transformation. He closes with some observations relating to the Carpathians. 

Read more: International Mountain Science and the 2030 Agenda

rhone glacier 522968 1920What’s going on with climate change adaptation in glaciated mountain regions? Is it enough to meet the challenge of climate change? Find out in this new paper in Global Environmental Change.

A new study develops a typology of the challenge of climate change in glaciated mountain systems and uses formal systematic review methods to critically evaluate existing adaptation actions and research in light of this framework. 

Read more: New Publication | Adaptation Action and Research in Glaciated Mountain Systems

mountains 757731 640Representatives from ICIMOD and the MRI to co-lead the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report’s Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains.

What happens in mountains directly affects one fourth of the world’s population, and more than half of humanity relies on freshwater from mountains. However, decisions about mountain resources are often made outside of the mountains, and mountains have received limited attention in the global development agenda. But things are changing. The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will feature a Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains.

Read more: Mountains Matter in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Cycle