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Organised by the Conéctate A+ network, the programme for the online conference on Climate Change, Health and Mountain Ecosystems and their Governance in Support of Sustainable Development in the Tropical Andes – Central America Region (Andes+), to be held on 7-8 July 2020, is now available and registrations are open for virtual participation. 

We are excited to officially announce the launch of the newly founded “Adaptation at Altitude: Taking Action in the Mountains” programme, in which MRI’s flagship activity GEO Mountains will play an important role in identifying and improving mountain data access.

The Fall Meeting 2020 of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) will be largely virtual from 7-11 December 2020. With more than 1000 sessions, the Fall Meeting will remain the global convening meeting for the Earth and space sciences community. There are a number of exciting, mountain-related sessions, including two convened by the MRI.

Abstract submission is now open and the deadline for all submissions is Wednesday 29 July 2020.

The GEO-GNOME Workshop “Identifying Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and Essential Societal Variables (ESVs) in Mountain Environments” took place at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland on 20-21 February 2020. The workshop brought together experts from different networks and fields of mountain research to discuss and consider a list of essential variables needed to monitor and report on changes in mountain biodiversity and social-ecological systems.

James Thornton joined the MRI coordination office in May 2020 as Scientific Project Officer to the GEO-GNOME project, which seeks to improve the availability and accessibility of environmental data in mountainous regions to the benefit of human societies globally. 

As part of its mission, the MRI provides funding contributions for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research, policy and practitioner communities. The deadline for proposals for this year’s call is 3 July 2020.

Despite the impacts experienced with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC) Conéctate A+ in the Latin American region has managed to continue to forge forth with its activities, and are pleased to announce the three selected projects for the network’s first inaugural small grants program in 2020.

The MRI Working Group “Elevation-Dependent Warming” expands its scope of work to include climate processes in addition to warming, and therefore announces a name change to “Elevation-Dependent Climate Change”.

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