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On 20 September 2022, the Mentoring and Training in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers Program came to a successful close, achieving all the objectives the project set out to do for the period 2019-2022.

This month over 800 mountain researchers came together at the heart of the Tyrolean Alps in Innsbruck, Austria for the 2022 International Mountain Conference (IMC), the largest of its kind featuring over 60 events focusing on a broad range of mountain research topics from across all disciplines.

The Cross-Chapter Paper on ‘Mountains’, featured in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 WGII Climate report ‘Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability’, was first approved by the Panel on 28 February 2022 and published in its final formatted version in August 2022.

The paper assesses climate change impacts and risks, vulnerability as well as barriers and options for adaptation and climate resilient development in mountain regions. This is the first time in almost 30 years that ‘mountains’ have a dedicated space in the IPCC reports.

The Swiss mountain village of Guttannen is under threat. Climate change is melting the glaciers, thawing the permafrost, and destabilizing the mountainsides. This has resulted in multiple severe debris flow and flooding events in recent years. Combined with outmigration, an isolated location, and limited employment opportunities, Guttannen faces an uncertain future. A future the village has come together to fight for.

On 8 June 2022 the Conéctate A+ network held a webinar to present its second phase. The network presented four specific priorities, new activities, opportunities for involvement, new calls, and communication platforms. The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) was also introduced as a new associate member.

Four key priorities were presented as part of Conéctate A+’s second phase:

Summer is here, and with that, our MRI leaders are actively presenting and participating in a series of mountain events, workshops, and congresses online and around the globe. Their participation is a testament to the broad and active engagement of the MRI. Below is a roundup of the latest updates from some of our Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI) and Science Leadership Council (SLC) members.

The GEO Mountains General Meeting (May 2022) provided an opportunity to bring members of the Initiative together, share recent progress, and discuss plans for the 2023-2025 GEO Work Programme period.

Under the theme 'Global Action for Local Impact,' the GEO Virtual Symposium 2022 explored how the portfolio of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) products and services can provide insights and evidence for policy development and decision making.

Dr. James Thornton contributed views from GEO Mountains regarding our current and possible future integration with the Group on Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS), including the functionality that the GEOSS Portal would have to possess to be most useful to our community.

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