Mountain Research and Development Journal

Reframing Pastoral Practices of Bofedal Management to Increase the Resilience of Andean Water Towers

By Karina Yager et al

Based on own research and a literature review, the authors call for recognizing Andean pastoralists as stewards of bofedal wetlands to support conservation of these critical sociohydrological systems.

Transforming Degraded Rangelands and Pastoralists’ Livelihoods in Eastern Bhutan

By Joanne Millar and Karma Tenzing

This study shows that high-elevation rangelands can be restored if remote herding communities and local agencies collaborate on land and livelihood improvements.

Open Issue

VOL 41 | NO 3
August 2021

Contributions focus on ski resorts and their responses to climate change, ways of closing the adaptation gap in mountains, the shear strength of purple topsoil under different land uses, and more.

Changes on the Climatic Edge: Adaptation of and Challenges to Pastoralism in Montesinho (Northern Portugal)

By José Castro et al

This combined analysis of land use change and grazing patterns shows that evidence-informed management of pastures and permanent crops is crucial in adapting pastoralism to climate change.

Weaving Together Knowledges—Collaborations in Support of the Wellbeing of Mountain Peoples and Regions

VOL 42 | NO 4
Call for papers open

We are looking for contributions on how mountain researchers and Indigenous Peoples or other local knowledge holders can collaborate to guide knowledge creation and application.

MRD welcomes new editors-in-chief

MRD welcomes Pema Gyamtsho of ICIMOD and Yanfen Wang of UCAS, who have joined Thomas Breu of CDE as editors-in-chief following the retirement of David Molden. We thank David for his invaluable work.

Closing the Adaptation Gap in Mountains

By Graham McDowell et al

This article identifies critical adaptation gaps in mountains and discusses opportunities for achieving more equitable and sustainable mountain futures.

Climate Change and Utah Ski Resorts: Impacts, Perceptions, and Adaptation Strategies

By Emily J. Wilkins et al

Climate change is a threat to the sustainability of ski resorts in Utah, USA, and to communities that rely on ski tourism. Adaptation practices can reduce the impacts to some degree at most resorts.

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 Issue

VOL 41 | NO 2
May 2021

Canada’s mountain systems, governance challenges in mountains worldwide, or a global network of mountain observatories: read about these and other topics in this open issue.

A Nationally Coherent Characterization and Quantification of Mountain Systems in Canada

By Graham McDowell and Jiaao Guo

This study advances understanding of the biogeography, people, and economic activities associated with mountains in Canada, providing a nationally coherent basis for research, policy, and work on social issues.

Focus Topics

Pastoralism and Rangelands in Mountains

VOL 41 | NO 4
In progress

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

The editors thank outgoing Editor-In-Chief David Molden for his work and welcome Pema Gyamtsho and Yanfen Wang to the team. And they congratulate Founding Editor Jack Ives on his 90th birthday!

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