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DSC 0002Following a year of exciting developments for the MRI, its Science Leadership Council met in Aeschi, Switzerland, 8-11 November to evaluate progress, review objectives, and set new priorities for 2019 – and beyond!

Kicking off the MRI Science Leadership Council (SLC) Meeting 2018, MRI Executive Director Dr. Carolina Adler expressed her thanks to the SLC’s for making the time to come together in this way. “It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to meet with you all face-to-face, and I hope over the next few days together we can steer a course towards implementing our joint mission for mountain research in 2019.”

Read more: Onwards and Upwards on the Edge of the Alps

WMF 2018 0As part of the official programme of the World Mountain Forum, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23-26 October 2018, the thematic track ‘Resilience & Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems’ was jointly coordinated and moderated by the MRI, CONDESAN, and the Center for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern.

The track conducted three sessions, each opening with 2-3 ‘flash talks’ highlighting key issues and trends related to the theme, as well as case studies of project experiences and lessons learned followed. These flash talks were then followed by world café discussions,where participants explored specific questions and provided recommendations for advancing sustainable mountain development. Poster contributions on the topic were presented in separate poster sessions.

Read more: Resilience and Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems at WMF 2018

karakol 1753189 1920Jointly hosted by MRI and University of Zürich, the workshop ‘Enhancing visibility and positioning of mountains in the global IPCC related processes’ was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 21 – 22 October 2018 alongside the World Mountains Forum, to present and consolidate regional contributions from SMD4GC partners on climate change as inputs for the IPCC AR6 assessment processes.

Under the framework of the Sustainable Mountains Development for Global Change Programme (SMD4GC) ‘extension phase’ in 2018, the MRI and UZH coordinated and held a workshop activity just prior to the World Mountain Forum in Bishkek: ‘Enhancing visibility and positioning of mountains in the global IPCC related processes, and to strengthen capacities of regional partners.’ The main aim of the workshop was to jointly validate and review the draft products of regional hubs with the expected value-adding aspect of strengthening capacities to report on sustainable mountain development, and relating these conclusions as inputs for key global reports and publications.

Read more: Enhancing visibility and positioning of mountains in IPCC assessment processes

dolomites 2458217 640This special volume of the Revue de géographie alpine/Journal of Alpine Research will examine the relationship between tourism and water resource management in mountain contexts. 

Owing to their natural features (increasing rainfall with altitude, barrier effect), mountains are often rich in water and consequently serve as water towers for the surrounding areas (Viviroli et Weingartner, 2004). They may also represent pockets of drought (shelter situations) with scarce water resources. Moreover, they sometimes have major tourism activities that they have developed over more than two centuries.

Read more: Call for Papers | Water, Tourism, and the Mountain

himalayas 694635 smallThe 27th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics IUGG will take place in Montreal, Canada 8-18 July 2019, and also marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG.

The programme promises a “look back on the accomplishments of the previous century of Earth and space science research, and forward to the next century of scientific advancement.” The scientific programme is built around symposia organized by the union and the associations alone or jointly.

Read more: IUGG General Assembly Montreal 8-18 July 2019

chile 1463830 1920The Second Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) has been made available for expert review. For the scientific community, this is the last opportunity to provide comments. 

The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) is one of three special reports that the IPCC will be releasing over the next two years. Containing a careful assessment of changes in the ocean and cryosphere, SROCC aims to support policymakers in their understanding of the physical and social dimensions of climate change, the risks and challenges we face as a result, and our options for adapting to them.

Read more: Call for Your Participation: Expert Review of IPCC SROCC

Afromont Nov 2018 1AfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in research and policy relating to African mountains. Afromont aims to highlight experiences from research, field projects and innovation and best practice in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in African countries.

Photo: Dolomites in South Tyrol. AfroMont met the Alps by attending an October 2018 EURAC conference in nearby Bolzano, Italy.

Read more: African Mountain Research Times - November 2018