Mountain Research and Development Journal

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.

Woodland Resurgence and Sustainability in Mountains—Patterns, Drivers, and Social-Ecological Consequences

VOL 45 | NO 1
Call for papers open—due date extended

How can woodland resurgence best benefit people and nature? We invite papers that assess innovative interventions, examine dynamics and impacts, or provide research, policy, and action agendas.

How can knowledge support restoration and conservation of mountain ecosystems for the benefit of people and nature?

6 December 2023, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CET/UTC+1  Online 

Panelists and participants jointly explored how knowledge can best be leveraged. Click to read the key takeaways and watch the recording!

Advancing Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Large Landscape Conservation Through the Social Sciences: A Research Agenda for the Yellowstone to Yukon Region

By Devin Holterman et al

This agenda features key social science themes where research can usefully inform conservation decision-making in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. The themes are also relevant to other global ecoregions.

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