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Dear MRI Community,

As mentioned by the new MRI Exeutive Director (Carolina Adler) in a recent message, the MRI Office is currently reviewing MRI communications and aims to work over the summer towards a new and comprehensive strategy that is envisaged for implementation during the second half of 2017.  A brief survey is also under preparation, to make sure that your comments and suggestions for how you wish to be engaged and informed on news related to MRI's activities and its global community. As work is started on this design phase, this is an opportunity to inform you of interim measures that will be implemented in parallel for how MRI newsletters will be issued in the coming months.

First, from now on MRI will only issue one newsletter per month at the end of the month, the MRI Global Newsletter, for the months of May, June, July and August 2017 or until further notice. Second, the previous regionally-focused newsletter editions issued by the MRI Regional Networks, notably AfroMont and MRI Latin America, will no longer be issued separately. Instead, snippets of information will be incorporated into the new MRI Global Newsletter, featured as sub-sections that aim to highlight region-specific news and events. The advantage of this interim approach is that it provides our readers and subscribers with a more 'global' perspective of the diverse scientific work and related events that take place all over the world, in effect connecting our regions and networks, as well as offer an abridged version of a newsletter that would be simpler and succinct.

Of course, you can still connect with additional news, articles, events and other mountain-related content via our Facebook page and Twitter account, which will remain active and continuously updated throughout the design phase in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you have any news items, recently published scientific papers or details for events that you would like to share with the MRI comnunitiy, then please contact us! We would be very glad to receive and feature your contributions via our communications channels. Thank you!

From the 1 June 2017, the MRU Office will have a new address. Please update your address books accordingly:

Mountain Research Initiative
c/o Institute of Geography
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 12
3012 Bern

Our telephone and fax numbers remain unchaged, as well as email and website:
tel: +41 (0)31 631 51 41
fax: +41 (0)31 631 51 44
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Applied Remote Sensing Training Program
Remote Sensing of Land Indicators for Sustainable Development Goal 15
Tuesday, June 20 - Thursday, June 22, 2017
1:00-2:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

Date: September 7th–8th, 2017
Venue: Tolmin and Čadrg / Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Organizers: ISCAR, ZRC SAZU Program: below (draft) 
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Keywords: landscape, agriculture, heritage, Alps, Satoyama Initiative, GIAHS, Slovenia, Tolmin, Čadrg

Call for papers: Exploring the links between water, food, energy, and mountain ecosystems

The connections between food, water, and energy constitute a complex system that interacts with mountain ecosystems and factors of change. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that assess experiences of negotiating synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, and food; that analyze the dynamic interplay between these interconnected services and mountain ecosystems; or that offer agendas for future research or policy aiming at increasing the equitability and sustainability of trade-offs and synergies in mountain areas. Abstracts are due by 24 April 2017, full papers by 1 August 2017.

Read the detailed call for papers:

The MRD Editorial Team, MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The United Nations website states as follows:

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Authors of original papers, or conference papers that have been significantly extended or otherwise enhanced in comparison to the original conference paper, for the special issue should be submitted through the ISPRS Journal web site ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’. The papers will go through a 2 stage review process, commencing with a 750 word abstract. Following acceptance of abstracts soon after submission, as appropriate for the Special Issue, full papers can be submitted for the normal Journal peer review process before publication. The planned timeline for processing paper is as follows:
(Please send the abstract of your proposed paper to the guest editor's email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)
Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts: 13 May 2017
Deadline for submission of papers: 30 July 2017
Completion of review process: 31 January 2018

This issue offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility, and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind. This broad and often integrative thematic coverage, calling upon a number of disciplines, is relevant in the context of the recently adopted UN resolution 71/234 on “Sustainable Mountain Development”. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia.

The issue is available online and open access:

Read about the journal’s section policies, guidelines, and submission procedure at:

The MRD Editorial Team
MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment
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2-7 July, Brest, Brittany, France

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