Mountain Research and Development Journal

Addressing Challenges of Hazards, Risks, and Disaster Management in Mountain Regions

VOL 42 | NO 2
Call for papers open

We invite papers that look at the links between hazards, vulnerabilities, disaster management, development, and global change and offer insights into integrative ways of improving disaster management.

Mountain Observatories: Status and Prospects for Enhancing and Connecting a Global Community

By Maria Shahgedanova et al

The Mountain Research Initiative’s Mountain Observatories Working Group proposes principles and ways of developing a global reference network of long-term environmental and socioeconomic monitoring.

How Can Education Contribute to Sustainable Mountain Development? Past, Present, and Future Perspectives

VOL 40 | NO 4
November 2020

Articles offer examples and insights into education for sustainable mountain development around the world, providing a basis for future research, policy, and action.

Indigenous-driven Sustainability Initiatives in Mountainous Regions: The Shuar in the Tropical Andes of Ecuador

By Thomas K. Rudel

This article shows how indigenous peoples, like the Shuar, have become pivotal actors in efforts towards sustainable development in the tropical Andes of Ecuador.

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Formal and Informal Urban Risk Knowledge in the Uttarakhand Himalayas

By Neelakshi Joshi

This study reveals that urban development in Uttarakhand’s mountains is largely driven by informal building professionals—without access to risk reduction knowledge.

Sectorwise Assessment of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Danger in the Indian Himalayan Region

By Suraj Mal et al

This assessment of over 5000 glacial lakes shows that people and infrastructure across the Indian Himalayas are threatened by outburst floods, including transboundary ones.

The Online MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland: Experiences and Impacts

By Martin F. Price and Rosalind Bryce

The opportunity to study online has created practitioners who understand sustainable mountain development, have new skills, and have made real contributions to sustainable mountain development.

New books on mountains out for review

MRD regularly invites experts to review books on mountain-relevant topics. We have just sent several new books out for review. See the whole list by clicking here – and watch out for the upcoming reviews!

Open Spaces in Alpine Countries: Analytical Concepts and Preservation Strategies in Spatial Planning

By Hubert Job et al

Open spaces in the Alps are becoming scarcer. Spatial planning and sectoral approaches to conserving them for the benefit of people and natural heritage require better governance, also across borders.

UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development Framework and the Reality of University–Community Cooperation in the Caucasus Mountain Region

By Tigran Keryan et al

This article assesses a project to introduce transdisciplinary approaches at universities in Armenia and Georgia. The project successfully advanced education but less so local communities’ priorities.

Open Issue

VOL 40 | NO 3
August 2020

Conservation of open spaces in the European Alps, the link between child growth and elevation in Nepal, or valuation and knowledge of aquatic ecosystems in the Pyrenees: read more about these and other...

Focus Topics

Articles will address transformations affecting mountain pastoralists and rangelands, their interactions with other systems, and the answers local communities, policymakers, and scientists can give.

The Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks (FoLAP)

Taking a landscape approach, the Forum supports sustainable landscape development in Swiss mountain regions by bringing together actors from science, practice, and policy and...

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