Reimagining the future of mountain governance is a pressing challenge that the Mountain Governance Working Group (MGWG) of the MRI is actively addressing through research, collaboration, and partnership-building across various mountain ranges worldwide.

Experts from around the world gathered at the University of Innsbruck in Austria for a workshop on how climate change is affecting mountain environments, in particular at different elevations.

A new study, based on a meta-analysis of 68 peer-reviewed publications, and the author team’s decades of on-the-ground experience, highlights the potential of sustainable hydropower, wind, and solar energy in the Hindu Kush Himalaya and the Andes to address local communities’ demands and adaptation needs while supporting broader decarbonization efforts.

The Environmental Peacebuilding Association and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform-led Community of Practice on Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peace (ECCP) are launching a global grassroots project showcasing the impact of environmental and climate change on communities around the world. Using art as a platform for reflection, testimony, and conversation, “طبعة الطبيعة | Nature Footprints” will be a multilingual, multimedia ‘storybook’.

The MRI is pleased to offer funding and in-kind support to consortia conducting research on mountains and mountain regions in the context of climate, ecosystems, and health.

Responding to environmental changes and maintaining high quality of life in the Alps.

Research and innovation are key elements for promoting sustainable development in the Alps. Young academics play a crucial role in this, helping to shape the future of the Alps. The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention recognises this role by awarding outstanding master theses carried out on relevant Alpine topics.

MRI Working Groups have exciting updates to report in 2023!

The MRI Working Groups are community-led activities aligned with the MRI’s objectives. They provide platforms for discussion, exchange, and research. The Working Groups are open to the community, and welcome MRI network members to participate in their activities—especially early career researchers! Please contact the Working Group Leads listed below to get involved.

The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) was so pleased to be invited to participate at the proceedings of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves Secretariat workshop, and to be a part of the work plan that was designed and discussed in Spain.

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