Governance of mountainous regions faces pressing challenges that carry implications for the future sustainability of human society.  Mountain peoples and environments appear especially vulnerable to negative impacts from global change processes, yet provide invaluable benefits: They generate key ecosystem services, offer instructive examples of sociocultural resilience, and retain high biocultural diversity. Given the critical need for better understanding and information regarding mountain governance challenges and opportunities, the Mountain Governance Working Group brings together an interdisciplinary and international team of mountain experts with two objectives: identify common problems, risks, and challenges that undermine or impede effective governance for sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems; and analyse contexts and principles that appear to be associated with governance successes for fostering sustainability of mountain systems, and explore how promising cases are addressing their governance challenges.


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Key Project Details

This Working Group was created in 2017 and is in its second phase (2020-2021).

Members (as of 25 June 2020):

  • Catherine M. Tucker (Lead), University of Florida, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Visit Webpage
  • Irasema Alcántara-Ayala, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
  • Alexey Gunya, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Elizabeth Jiménez Zamora, CIDES- Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia
  • Julia A. Klein, Colorado State University, USA
  • Xu Jun, Sichuan University, China



Living Bibliography on Mountain Governance and Related Aspects (launched in September 2019)

View the Online Bibliography on Mountain Governance

Planned Activities and Outputs for 2020-2021:

Based on responses to the Mountain Governance Survey in 2019, the working group will publish a peer-reviewed article that assesses local experiences of mountain social-ecological systems governance and implications for achieving sustainability. This research article will be submitted to Mountain Research and Development in 2020. 

Latest News


Members of the working group represented MRI at the International Mountain Conference 2019, Innsbruck, Austria, delivering presentations, posters and participating in a range of sessions.
Read more here.


The MRI Mountain Governance Working Group explores challenges and opportunities for improving effective and sustainable governance of mountain social-ecological systems. In recent months members participated in two international conferences: The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) in Lima, Peru, and the International Mountain Conference in Innsbruck, Austria.  
Read more here.


 How to Join

As community-led activities, these Working Groups are open to anyone from the MRI network  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 on how to join:

  • Catherine M. Tucker (Lead), University of Florida, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Visit Webpage


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


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