Mountain Research and Development Journal

Open Issue

VOL 44 | NO 1
February 2024

Read about pastoralism in Ladakh, links between migration and exotic plant species in the Andes, and the heterogeneity of Swiss alpine summer farms—and how all this relates to sustainable development.

Pastoralism in Changthang, Ladakh: Adaptations, Challenges, and Pathways for Sustainability

By Arif Pandit et al

This comprehensive review shows that integrated strategies that include regulated grazing practices and respect pastoralists’ stewardship are key to keeping this production system and culture sustainable.

Innovation Pathways to Sustainability in Mountains

VOL 45 | NO 3
Call for papers open

How can innovation contribute to sustainability in mountains? We invite papers that assess innovation processes, examine innovation practices, or provide agendas for policy, action, or research.

Restoring Mountain Systems for Social–Ecological Resilience

VOL 43 | NO 4
November 2023

Articles present a conceptual model for puna grassland restoration, local government perspectives on spring drying and revival, a social science research agenda for landscape conservation, and more.

Linking Migration Flows with the Prevalence of Exotic Plant Species in the Andes

By María Virginia González et al

This study shows how human mobility shapes biodiversity: In the Andean region, immigration is linked to an increase in exotic species, thereby impacting local ecosystems and biodiversity reservoirs.

A Conceptual Model for Rehabilitation of Puna Grassland Social–Ecological Systems

By Angela Mendoza-Ato et al

Based on experiences in the Piuray Ccorimarca microbasin in Cusco, Peru, the authors present a model that emphasizes participatory action research, adaptive management, and a multiscale approach.

Drying of Springs in the Himalayan Region of Nepal: Perspectives of Local Government Leaders on Causes, Consequences, and Conservation Efforts

By Bhumika Thapa et al

This research shows that 74% of local government units face issues with dried-up springs. Drawing on insights from local authorities, the authors call for a comprehensive spring conservation policy.

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