Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs

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For this issue, guest editors G. Gratzer and W. Keeton invited researchers to reflect on the role of mountain forests in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Papers cover gender issues in Ethiopian agroforestry, the impact of migration on gender relations in forest user groups in Nepal, the profitability of small-scale mountain farm forestry in Austria, the impact of rubber on the rural economy in China, a throughfall-exclusion experiment in a forest area in Bhutan, and the resilience of mountain forests to disturbance scenarios in India.

Under the framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and assessment cycle, there are several developments and opportunities for the MRI and its mountain research community to participate and make important contributions on the state of knowledge regarding climate change in mountain regions. Here is a recap:

AAG Annals

Pons, D.; Taylor, M.; Griffin, D.; Castellanos, E.; Anchukaitis, K. (2017): On the Production of Climate Information in the High Mountain Forests of Guatemala. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Volume 107, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1235481

AAG Annals
Carey, M.; Molden, O.; Borg Rasmussen, M.; Jackson, M.; Nolin, A.; Mark, B. (2017): Impacts of Glacier Recession and Declining Meltwater on Mountain Societies. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Volume 107, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1243039

#MountainsMatter video contest

Win a trip to Rome to see your video shown at the International Mountain Day concert!

To bring attention to the plight of mountains for International Mountain Day (11 December), we are asking you to make a one-minute video on the theme of ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration’ for the #MountainsMatter video contest.
Two winners will receive a trip to Rome to attend the International Mountain Day concert on 11 December. The winning videos will be shown at the concert.
The deadline for entries is 20 October 2017.
More information:

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17 - 19 April 2018, El Jadida, Morocco

The organizers would like to invite to submit an abstract. The submission deadline for 7th Digital Earth Summit 2018 is approaching: 21 October 2017.

A SCAR/IASC Conference | Davos – Switzerland | 15 – 26 June 2018

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee IASC invite the international polar and high altitude community to their joint meeting POLAR2018, hosted by WSL and SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 November 2017

2 - 4 November 2017, Salzburg, Austria

National Parks Austria ( and Hohe Tauern National Park ( would like to encourage you to participate in the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017 on 2-3 November 2017 in Salzburg, Austria.
For programme details, the registration form and further useful information please visit:

DEADLINE for registration: 4 October 2017

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Grau, a member of the MRI Science Leadership Council, will be presenting a public lecture at the Institute of Geography - University of Bern, Switzerland, titled "Highlands in transition: herbivory, climate, and demographic changes in subtropical Andes". In this talk, Prof Grau will outline land use change processes in the Argentine subtropical mountains, including their ecological effects and interactions with socio-economic processes and fire regimes, across three elevation levels. The talk will also discuss these changes in the context of broader globalization and telecoupled socioecosystem frameworks.           Brown Bag Ricardo Grau 2017 09 11

When:    Monday, 11 of September 2017; 12:15-13:00.
Where:  Room (Hörsaal) 002, on ground floor, Institute of Geography, University of Bern (Hallerstrasse 12, link to map).

For more information, please download the event flyer.

Biography - Ricardo Grau is a Professor of Landscape Ecology of the National University of Tucumán, Argentina and the Director of the Institute of Regional Ecology of Tucumán University. He is among others a Principal Researcher of the Argentine Research Council, a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Programme (GLP) of Future Earth and a member of the Science Leadership Council of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI).           grau ricardo 0

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