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

Photo: Marc Ventura

Aquatic ecosystems in the Pyrenees, child growth in Nepal, and more

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 interesting topics in this open issue.
Mountain Research and Development Vol 40, No 3

Photo: Manoj Bhatta

Mountain Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

Papers in this focus issue offer further evidence of mountain species’ importance for human livelihoods and wellbeing, and call for effective conservation and management approaches. The issue was guest-edited by Davah Payne of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment.
Mountain Research and Development Vol 40, No 2

Photo: Temur Gugushvili

Tourism development, plant communities, and more

Tourism development in the South Caucasus, plant communities in the Moghan–Sabalan rangelands in Iran, and land use change in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, China: read more about these and other topics in this open issue.
Mountain Research and Development Vol 40, No 1

Photo: Eva Posch

The Role of Culture in Transformation Towards Sustainable Development in Mountains

Papers show how mountain communities draw on their cultural heritage and integrate new knowledge to shape their own innovative and locally-based development pathways, and how culture can be integrated into development practice and policy.
Mountain Research and Development Vol 39, No 4

MRD Editorial Office

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
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3012 Bern