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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

11-13 December, Rome, Italy

Members of the Mountain Partnership are invited to attend the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, which will be held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters on 11-13 December 2017, in conjunction with the International Mountain Day. The Meeting will be followed by a two-day training course on the Mountain Green Cover Index on 14-15 December 2017. For organizational purposes, member governments and organizations are reminded that the deadline to register to attend the Global Meeting is 15 September 2017.

The Meeting is being organized jointly by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, FAO and the Government of Italy. It aims to place the sustainability and resilience of mountain ecosystems and communities at the centre of international processes, policies and investments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under a disproportionately high threat from climate change, land degradation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.

Under the main theme “Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration”, the Meeting will focus on the challenges and the opportunities in sustainable mountain development and will launch a political process to support concrete actions and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments. It will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership and of the International Mountain Day.

The Meeting will be conducted in English, French, Russian and Spanish and will open at 09.00 hours on Monday 11 December with the political segment and will be followed by two days of technical discussion. A training course on Collect Earth methodology related to the Mountain Green Cover Index will take place during the period 14-15 December and will be open to selected participants.

To register to attend the Global Meeting and the training course on the Mountain Green Cover Index, please submit the online registration form by 15 September 2017.

For more information:
Mountain Partnership Global Meeting  
Provisional agenda  
Training course on the Mountain Green Cover Index

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.

To go to the survey, please follow this external link.

For any questions regarding this survey, please feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you!
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

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