In times of climate change and disruptive social and economic change, the resilience of mountain social-ecological systems requires both the flexibility to respond to changes (adaptive capacity) as well as the ability to prepare for changes (innovative capacity). This Working Group aims to collect existing knowledge and build new capacity in mountain resilience, working toward a dynamic assessment of the evolving state of mountain social-ecological system resilience to interconnected environmental changes. 

 

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Key Working Group Details

This Working Group was created in October 2019 and is in its first phase (2020-2021). 

 Members (as of 18 June 2020):

  • Tobias Luthe, ETHZ / Monviso Institute, Switzerland (leader)
  • Romano Wyss, EPFL / Wyss Conseil Scientifique, Switzerland (co-leader)
  • Carolina Adler, Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland
  • Martha E. Apple, University of Montana, USA
  • Marianna Elmi, Alpine Convention, Austria 
  • David L. Griffith, University of Idaho, USA
  • Jamila Haider, Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden
  • Karl-Michael Höferl, Universität Innsbruck, Austria
  • Angelo Imperiale, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Stefan Schneiderbauer, EURAC, Italy
  • Frank Vanclay, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

 Outputs and achievements to date:

Upcoming

 Planned Activities and Outputs for 2020-2021: 

  • Host the MRI-endorsed design workshop on mountain resilience at the Monviso Institute in Ostana (Italy) in April 2020 (Due to Covid-19, this event is postponed. New dates to be confirmed soon.);
  • Develop a review paper for the IPCC AR6 on assessing and implementing innovative capacities as part of resilience in mountain regions, to be submitted in 2020;
  • Set up a collaborative platform to develop an interactive mountain resilience reporting scheme online, with the European Alps as a test mountain range, and contribute the results to the MRI GEO-GNOME repositories and knowledge base;
  • Produce a 'Mountain Resilience Report'.


Latest News

UPCOMING EVENT: DESIGN THINKING AND JOINT PAPER WRITING WORKSHOP IN THE ITALIAN PIEDMONT
As a follow-up step to the Innsbruck IMC workshops, this working group organizes a gathering to jointly prototype the “systemic innovation seeds” as the envisioned flexible toolset of the Mountain Resilience Report to come. As well, the group will work on the IPCC AR6 review paper. Workshop postponed from April 2020, new dates will be confirmed soon. Venue: MonViso Institute in the community of Ostana, Po Valley, near Turin.
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MOUNTAIN RESILIENCE WORKING GROUP: DEVELOPING ADAPTIVE AND INNOVATIVE CAPACITIES (4 February 2020)

This new working group, led by Tobias Luthe (ETHZ / Monviso Institute, Switzerland) and co-lead by Romano Wyss, will collect existing knowledge and build new capacity in mountain resilience, working toward a dynamic assessment of the evolving state of mountain social-ecological system resilience to interconnected environmental changes. 

Read more here.

TOWARDS A MOUNTAIN RESILIENCE REPORT: REGENERATING MOUNTAIN SYSTEMS THROUGH SYSTEMIC INNOVATION (28 October 2019)
Bringing together leading scholars from academia and practice, this MRI-funded post-IMC synthesis workshop took place on 13 September 2019 and laid the foundations for the design and development of a resilience report for mountain regions. The specific resilience angle of this workshop was on understanding and incubating innovative capacities to create and implement effective, real-world solutions and build regenerative mountain systems.
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How to join

As community-led activities, the Working Groups are open to anyone from the MRI members  to participate and contribute to the Working Group’s work plan. Early career researchers (typically up to 5 years since attaining a postgraduate degree), women, and researchers and practitioners from developing countries and less represented mountain regions are particularly encouraged to join and participate. Please contact the Working Group leads to seek information to join:

Tobias Luthe, ETHZ / Monviso Institute, Switzerland (leader)

Romano Wyss, EPFL / Wyss Conseil Scientifique, Switzerland (co-leader)

 

Read more about the Mountain Resilience Working Group in this MRI Working Group fact sheet.

 

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