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.

Six early career researchers from developing countries with outstanding academic credentials and a research focus on climate change and mountains participated in the program.


Abayinen Amare Ana Ochoa Anubha Agrawal
Estelle Razanatsoa 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Cape Town,
South Africa. 

Ana Ochoa Sánchez 
PhD Candidate
University of Cuenca,

Anubha Aggarwal
Researcher, Energy & 
Resources Institute,

Saidaliyeva    Prashant Baral Estefania Quenta 
Zarina Saidaliyeva
Junior Research Scientist,
Kazakhstan Institute of
Geography, Kazakhstan.
Prashant Baral
PhD Candidate,
NIIT University,
Estefania Quenta Herrera
Research Associate, 
Mayor de San Andrés
University, Bolivia.

Throughout the course of the three-year program, participants gained professional development through mentoring and training, strengthened their expert contributions on mountains and climate change, and enhanced their eligibility to participate as authors in future regional and global assessments for science-policy processes, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Participants reflect on this unique experience.

Ana Ochoa Sánchez, University of Cuenca, Ecuador.


Prashant Baral NIIT University, India.


Anubha Aggarwal, Researcher, Energy and Resources Institute, India.

Estefania Quenta Herrera, Research Associate, Mayor de San Andrés, University, Bolivia.

About the Program

The Mentoring and Training Program in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers was one of four key outcomes under the SDC-funded project Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Cycle of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is implemented though a collaboration between the MRI, University of Zurich, Helvetas, and ICIMOD. The project’s overall objective was to strengthen the evidence basis on climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and climate resilient development pathways in mountain regions, while supporting regional representation and development focused science-policy dialogues, as well as capacity-building of experts in developing countries in the IPCC process.

To learn more, please refer to the project webpage

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