A new online course on mountain ecosystems and water management will begin on 13 September 2017. The course, titled “Ecosistemas de montaña y gestión del agua”, is organized by the Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional (UCI) together with the development agency ProalSUR, under the auspices of the Mountain Partnership. The objective of this new course is to introduce the basic elements of mountain ecosystems, including their characteristics and importance, to develop participants’ capacities to incorporate mountain ecosystems into local and regional territorial development processes.

The general contents of the course will include:
• An introduction to mountain ecosystems: the basic concepts;
• Developing and sharing multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary approaches to mountain ecosystems;
• Cultural and identity considerations for understanding mountain ecosystems; and
• Water governance in mountain ecosystems and the close interdependence between mountain communities and "downstream" cities, in contrast to the conservation and sustainable use of water.

“Ecosistemas de montaña y gestión del agua” will begin on 13 September and last until 10 October. The 40-hour course will take place entirely online. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mountain Ecosystems online course

3 - 6 December 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal


Please consider submitting an abstract to this session, which looks at quantifying fire climatology at scales relevant to landscape management. The session description is below. This is the annual session sponsored by CIRMOUNT, the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains; submissions relevant to mountain research and management are encouraged, but this is a wide net, including regional to global outcomes.

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 2, 2017

Title: Climate change and fire regimes in mountain ecosystems: toward actionable predictions and projections

At MRI, we are currently reviewing our communications strategy to ensure we respond to the information and communications needs that are important for our MRI community of scientists, and stakeholders alike, interested in mountain research. To this end, we would appreciate a moment of your time to answer a few questions, so that we take your views into account. This survey will remain open to receive your responses until 31 August 2017.

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The MRI team.

12 - 15 February 2018, Heidelberg, Germany

Registration and abstract submission is now open!

The purpose of the SnowHydro conference is to present recent research findings in all areas of snow hydrology, to facilitate scientific discussions and to provide opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. The conference shall attract scientists, students and other professionals with different geographic origin and scientific background. The participation of early career researchers is positively encouraged. The organizing committee will strive as far as possible for a balance with respect to senior and junior scientist in the conference’s sessions.

This publication is one of two major collaborative papers which have been written as products of the Synthesis Workshop The Role of Human Nature Relationship Concepts in the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems in Mountain Areas in Mauterndorf, Austria in 2015. The workshop was funded by MRI and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the context of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program.

Muhar, A.; Raymond, C.; van den Born, R.; Bauer, N.; Böck, K.; Braito, M.; Buijs, A.; Flint, C.; de Groot, W.; Ives, C.; Mitrofanenko, T.; Plieninger, T.; Tucker, C.; van Riper, C. (2017): A model integrating social-cultural concepts of nature into frameworks of interaction between social and natural systems. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2017. doi:10.1080/09640568.2017.1327424

Safer Lives and Livelihoods


The publication Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains: Making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development was shared with a wider public at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Cancun, 22-24 May by SDC.

The publication presents 15 case studies from mountain regions around the world, illustrating the efforts and experiences of public and private actors to implement the Sendai Framework’s four priorities for actions. Messages for policy-makers emphasize the need for mountain-specific disaster risk reduction policies – ideally, integrated with development activities and climate change adaption measures – to make livelihoods in mountains and beyond safer.

Available for download (English or Spanish) here.

Constanza Ceruti received the Gold Medal award of the International Society of Woman Geographers (ISWG) during the triannual meeting about "Women who make a difference in the World" (California, May 2017). Constanza´s conference about her contributions to High Altitude Archaeology and the Anthropology of Sacred Mountains was met with a standing ovation. Since 1933 the ISWG has given its highest award to about 20 outstanding women, including Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Margaret Mead and Amelia Earhart.

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