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We believe that by working together we can build a more complete mountain picture and achieve more than an individual can accomplish alone. Our mission is therefore to promote global change research in mountains regions across borders and disciplines through connection, communication, and collaboration. Through working groups, events, online platforms, and communication we bring practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds together. We work with the mountain research community and society more broadly to identify research priorities and possibilities for common action, and we support this common action by providing targeted funding and administrative assistance. We also strive to keep the research community informed, and work with research organizations and funding agencies to ensure that mountain global change topics are recognized and addressed.
1. Mountains are unique social-ecological systems
The MRI’s focus on mountains as social-ecological systems is interdisciplinary, and seeks to understand both the function of individual system elements and the cumulative effects of their interaction.
2. The diversity within the mountain research community is an asset
The MRI values the scientific, cultural, and generational diversity of the mountain research community, which reflects the diversity of mountains themselves.
3. Knowledge is produced in many forms by many people
The MRI recognizes the importance of different kinds of knowledge, beyond scientific research, and seeks to promote synergies between them.
4. Knowledge has a social role
The MRI views research as being part of a social process, and values knowledge for its ability to enable action and identify pathways towards more sustainable mountain regions.
5. The progress of global change research in mountains requires connection
The MRI seeks to facilitate interactions among researchers in order to create networks that can accomplish more than individual researchers can achieve on their own.
1. Researchers working on global change in mountain regions form a more coherent and interactive community.
2. Processes are in place that lead the mountain research community to identify and develop critical research topics.
3. Mountain observations become more systematic, comprehensive, and pertinent.
4. The mountain research community adopts a systems approach to mountain research.
5. Action is taken to support the development of the next generation of researchers interested in global change in mountains.
6. Mountain concerns are visible within existing scientific organizations and events.
7. The mountain research community engages in pertinent policy processes.
The MRI is hosted by the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern and funded by the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT). For projects related to sustainable development and mountains, we receive funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
To find out more about the history of the MRI, take a look at the MRI Founding Report.