Mountain Research and Development Journal
Exchange between community members and researchers in Nepal. Photo by Sabin Bieri

About MRD Talks

MRD Talks promote dialogue between science, practice, the private sector, and policy based on recently published MRD articles on topical issues relevant to sustainable mountain development. In doing so, they trigger exchange among mountain stakeholders and out-of-the-box thinking with a view to nurturing innovative and effective development and policy efforts. The target audience comprises policymakers, scientists, civil-society representatives, development specialists, private-sector actors, and other practitioners (including providers of innovations) working in relevant fields for sustainable development in mountains around the world. MRD Talks take place online to allow a worldwide audience to participate. Authors or guest editors present key insights and conclude with recommendations for practice and policy. Invited discussants contribute innovative perspectives and reflect on the applicability of the presented findings. The audience is encouraged to actively contribute to the dialogue. MRD Talks are recorded and offered as free downloads. They are held in English.

Promoting innovations in mountain areas—PRIMA

MRD Talks were initiated in the context of “Promoting Innovation for Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas” (PRIMA). PRIMA was a project led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and implemented in 2022–2023 in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Development (CDE), University of Bern. It was funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). PRIMA’s overall goal was to promote collaboration among partners and across mountain regions on innovative approaches that provide mutual benefits and enhance the effectiveness of action towards inclusive sustainable development in mountains. PRIMA aimed to spark out-of-the-box thinking, assess novel approaches, and facilitate wider access to and adoption of innovations. Read more about PRIMA on CDE’s website or UNEP’s website.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Vienna Programme Office – Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention</br>Vienna, Austria
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Vienna Programme Office – Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention
Vienna, Austria

UNEP is the leading partner of the PRIMA project.

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern</br>Bern, Switzerland
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland

CDE is implementation partner of PRIMA and hosts the MRD Editorial Office.


Austrian Development Cooperation</br>Vienna, Austria
Austrian Development Cooperation
Vienna, Austria

Austrian Development Cooperation funds the PRIMA project.

Supporting partners

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development</br>Kathmandu, Nepal
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Kathmandu, Nepal

ICIMOD’s communications team has set up the web pages for us.