Mountain research and development

Mountain Research Journal

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is the leading international scientific journal specifically devoted to sustainable development in the world’s mountains. By publishing peer-reviewed innovative research articles, MRD

  • offers a platform for pioneering mountain research from a wide range of disciplines that integrates civil-society knowledge
  • brings together insights from science, practice, and policy analysis
  • strengthens networks within and between science and practice, from development organizations to decision-makers in politics, business, and society

Mountain Research and Development appears four times a year and is open access. It is published by the International Mountain Society. The editorial team at the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is supported by an international editorial board comprising renowned scientists and development experts.

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Current issues

Þorvarður Árnason

Adaptation to climate change and sustainable mountain development

The new issue of “Mountain Research and Development” focuses on climate change adaptation in mountains across the globe. Topics include scenario planning in Iceland, declining glacier water in Mongolia, the role of different knowledge sources in adaptation in the Andes and the Indian Himalaya, strengths and weaknesses of national glacier monitoring worldwide, and more.
Mountain Research and Development Vol 39, No 2

Agata Warchalska-Troll

Food systems in mountain regions and national parks in a neoliberal context

This issue of “Mountain Research and Development” presents more  findings on sustainable food systems in mountain regions: One paper describes a participatory a food systems mapping approach that CDE researchers tested in Kenya and Bolivia, and another assesses food consumption patterns among Mapuche communities in Chile. Further topics include, among others, perceptions of national parks in a neoliberal context in Poland and Switzerland – and their consequences.
Mountain Research and Development Vol 39, No 1

Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Towards more sustainable food systems in mountains

Mountain populations in developing countries are even more affected by undernourishment and malnutrition than their average fellow citizens. The latest issue of “Mountain Research and Development” looks into the reasons for this and explores promising approaches to making food systems in mountain regions more sustainable – such as “nutrition-sensitive agriculture”. Further topics include the impact of changing glacier conditions on mountaineering in New Zealand and of ski tourism on wildlife in Poland, and more.

Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 4

A. J. T. Johnsingh (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Infrastructure, people, and nature in mountains

Dam construction is a controversial issue. A study in the Darjeeling Himalayas in India explores local residents’ perception of a new dam 1.5 years after its completion. Other topics in the latest issue of “Mountain Research and Development” include water-holding characteristics of karst forests in China, immigration of refugees to the European Alps as a source of social innovation, benefits and drawbacks of Acacia decurrens plantations in Ethiopia, and more.

Mountain Research and Development, Volume 38, No 3

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