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mountains from aboveAn exciting range of mountain and cryosphere related sessions will be taking place at the American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. in December.

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world, and will take place this year 10-14 December. This 2018 meeting also marks the advent of the AGU’s Centennial year, and aims to provide a special opportunity to share science with world leaders in Washington, D.C.

Read more: Mountain Sessions at AGU 2018 Fall Meeting

mountains 2018 logo BIGThe conference Mountains 2018 has issued a call for presentations that share knowledge and experiences of sustainable development in mountain environments. 

Mountains 2018 will take place in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, 10-14 December, and will bring together international scholars, professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved with multiple aspects of the mountain world.

The purpose of this call for presentations is to allow for the exchange of experiences of sustainable development in mountain environments in all relevant areas – including agroecology, agriculture, climate change, rural tourism, forest, water, community and territories, ecosystem services, public policies, land use, and other related perspectives.

Read more: Mountains 2018 | Share Your Sustainable Mountain Development Experiences

MRD 38 2 641x841px smallEuropean countries import flowers and vegetables from Kenya... But how does commercial horticulture for export affect water resources in the Mount Kenya area? Find out in the latest issue of Mountain Research and Development. 

The latest issue of the open access journal Mountain Research and Development explores both transformation and systems knowledge. One paper looks at how self-governed small-scale irrigation in Tajikistan helps a local rural population maintain its productivity in spite of interventions and external regulations, while another examines how extensive grazing impacts soils in a protected mountain forest in Mexico.

Read more: New Issue of Mountain Research & Development Available

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

AfroMontJuly2018 image1AfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in researching the science-policy and science-diplomacy issues relating to African mountains and sustainable mountain development and communicating findings. Afromont also aims to highlight experiences from research, field projects and best practice in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in African countries.

AfroMont now has a Facebook page, see

[Photo: SJ Taylor, December 2017. Mountain stream near central Drakensberg Amphitheatre, South Africa. These streams are important in the Tugela catchment].

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