Mountain Research and Development Journal

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

Elevation and Child Linear Growth in Nepal

By Gerald Shively et al

The findings of this study highlight nutritional risks of children at high elevations and how sustainable development could help to reduce these risks.

Traditional Design Principles of a Groundwater Irrigation System in the Foothills of the Western Ghats of Southwest India

By Darren S. Crook et al

The authors critically appraise the sustainability of a groundwater irrigation system called suranga in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Kerala, India.

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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