Mountain Research and Development Journal

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.

Challenges for Governing Mountains Sustainably: Insights From a Global Survey

By Catherine Tucker et al

Strengthening local governance that fits local conditions is key to supporting sustainable development of mountain social-ecological systems, as this analysis of 75 survey responses shows.

Open Issue

VOL 41 | NO 1
February 2021

Indigenous-driven sustainability initiatives in the tropical Andes, urban risk knowledge and GLOF danger in the Indian Himalayas: read more about these and other topics in this open issue.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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