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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.

Please note that the 31 May 2021 deadline for proposals for this year’s call has passed, and this call is now closed.

UNEP in collaboration with the Mountain Research Initiative, the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, and GRID-Arendal has produced an information panel on the important role mountains play in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The panel highlights the unique biodiversity mountain regions host, sheds light on threats to mountain biodiversity, and presents policy recommendations suggesting how to address the protection of mountain biodiversity in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

GRID-Arendal, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, the MRI, international mountain sports and guiding federations, and other partners, is launching the 2021 Mountain Waste Survey. This is the first-ever global survey of the public on waste in mountain areas. 

More than 1.1 billion people live in mountain regions, and millions more visit mountains every day. Most of us who spend time in mountain areas have seen litter problems first-hand, but there has been little formal information gathering or study of the issue. 

Last week marked the first event in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

An article published in the journal Mountain Research and Development outlines key insights into mountain studies programs around the world and their potential to contribute to sustainable mountain development – the results of a survey carried out in the context of a Mountain Research Initiative project initiated in the MRI Science Leadership Council.

Learning and teaching about mountains has a long history. But to what extent, if at all, can mountain studies contribute to sustainable mountain development? A recent article published in the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) outlines the results of a study of education programs for sustainable mountain development, carried out in the context of the MRI’s Education for Sustainable Mountain Development (ESMD) Working Group.

Despite the challenges of 2020, and 2021 so far, the five MRI Working Groups have exciting updates to report!

The MRI Working Groups are community-led activities aligned with the MRI’s objectives. They provide platforms for discussion, exchange, and research.

The Working Groups are open to the community, and welcome MRI network members to participate in their activities—especially early career researchers! Please contact the Working Group Leads listed below to get involved.

The MRI Expert Database has served as a useful tool for connection and collaboration for the mountain research community for many years. It comprises thousands of profiles of people involved in mountain research, management, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and the private sector.

The new MRI Expert Database builds on the strong foundations that were already in place, while offering updated features such as improved search functionality and data privacy.

As part of our commitment to support our research community to advance key research questions relevant for knowledge on social-ecological systems in mountains, the MRI funds MRI Synthesis Workshops

These workshops bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community, with the objective of producing synthesis products such as articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals or the compilation of relevant data into publishable datasets or databases. For the 2020 call, the MRI Coordination Office received 13 proposals that met the conditions for funding support, from which two were selected. Due to the complex situation around the COVID-19 pandemic for much of 2020, the first of these Synthesis Workshops will take place online in 2021. 

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