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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.

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2. THE DIVERSITY WITHIN THE MOUNTAIN RESEARCH COMMUNITY IS AN ASSET

The MRI values the diversity present within the mountain research community in terms of knowledge, discipline, culture, generation, and gender. The MRI also seeks to facilitate interaction between researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds in order to create networks that can accomplish more than individual researchers can achieve on their own.

Knowledge Icon3. KNOWLEDGE IS SHARED TO FULFIL AN IMPORTANT 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. The MRI also recognizes the importance of different kinds of knowledge, beyond scientific research, and seeks to promote synergies between them.

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