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As the world’s glaciers disappear, one group of scientists is seeking to understand their impact on humans before they are gone. By applying the ecosystem services framework to glaciers, the authors of an August 2021 paper published in Ecosystem Services hope to drive home the important role that glaciers play for humans. 

Ecosystems services is a framework that examines the many ways that humans benefit from nature. Such services are well defined for many of the planet’s ecosystems, like forests and grasslands, but until now a comprehensive assessment applying the framework to glaciers had not been completed. “The reason we wanted to focus on glaciers is that we recognize that we benefit from glaciers in many ways.” Lead author David Cook, a postdoc in the Environment and Natural Resources Program at University of Iceland said in an interview with GlacierHub. “The ecosystem services perspective is quite useful in that regard.”

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.

If the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be achieved by the 2030 target, the risks posed by human-induced climate change must be understood and addressed, says new World Meteorological Organization report.

The World Meteorological Organization has published a new report on Climate Indicators and Sustainable Development: Demonstrating the InterconnectionsIts release coincides with the United Nations General Assembly annual session and the opening on 22 September of the SDG Action Zone, which is dedicated to accelerating action on the SDGs.

This external review is addressed to governments and interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision-makers, practitioners, and other knowledge holders, and is open from 6 September 2021 to 31 October 2021.

IPBES are now calling for experts to participate in the external review of the draft Nature Futures Framework and methodological guidance. The external review is open from 6 September 2021 to 31 October 2021.

The Global Sustainable Development Report aims to support policymakers in accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. It currently seeks case study contributions from a wide range of experts and stakeholders worldwide – including the mountain research community. Deadline 1 November 2021.

The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a United Nations publication aimed to strengthen the science-policy interface at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. Mandated in 2015 to provide follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the GSDR is an evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in accelerating progress on the SDGs. Drafted by an independent group of scientists (IGS) appointed by the Secretary-General and supported by a task team of six UN-system agencies, the GSDR is published every four years. The previous report was launched in 2019, and the 2023 report is currently in development.

The International Mountain Conference (IMC) 2022 aims to bring together mountain researchers from all over the world in order to engage in in-depth, cross-disciplinary discussions. The IMC 2022 Open Call for Focus Sessions is open 4 October – 19 November 2021.

Following on from the success of the International Mountain Conference 2019, IMC 2022 will take place in Innsbruck, Austria 11-15 September. It aims to provide a unique opportunity for experts in mountain research to come together and discuss a broad range of mountain-related topics. The conference promotes cross-disciplinary exchange, and prioritises synthesis activities in the quest for a holistic understanding of mountain systems.

The Mountain Research Initiative are delighted to welcome Dr. Theresa Tribaldos, who joins the team as a Principal Investigator in order to help guide the MRI's strategic direction.

A very warm welcome to Dr. Theresa Tribaldos, who joins the Mountain Research Initiative team as of 1 September 2021. Dr. Tribaldos will be serving as an MRI Principal Investigator; a group of established academics based in Switzerland who help guide the MRI's strategic direction. We are delighted to have her with us, and very much look forward to her input as we enter the MRI Coordination Office's 21st year. 

The latest issue of the open access journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD), Vol 41, No 2, includes new research by the MRI's Mountain Governance and Mountain Observatories Working Groups. 

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