Articles in this open issue examine the workings of the 'smart village' concept in the Holy Cross Mountains in Poland; the role of local food products in fostering mountain tourism in the Italian Alps; the benefits of wild plants’ ecosystem services for local livelihoods in the Polish Pieniny Mountains; and rural residents’ sense of place in an ecological restoration area in the mountains of Guizhou, China.

This issue of Mountain Research and Development also contains a synthesis of the outcomes of sessions and recommendations for future research in mountain areas from the International Mountain Conference (IMC), held in Innsbruck, Austria, in September 2019. MRI Executive Director Carolina Adler is among the authors. 

In addition, the team of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences present their approach and their work. The issue closes with three reviews of recent publications relating to sustainable development in mountains.

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Cover image by Stefano Duglio.


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