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The AfroMont-Mt Kili mountain research meeting has come and gone and was a small, but satisfying event that brought both African and European scholars together to discuss a wide range of mountain research topics. Presentations covered vegetation change on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to mountain dung beetles, changes in the Pangani River Basin, and even the ancient lineages of endemic Lobelias in the mountains of East Africa. You should come next time – there will be something of interest that will make you think differently about Africa’s very beautiful mountains and the still vast amount of research that is needed to help us understand how they are changing. Attending the conference were new PhD students and seasoned African researchers and policy makers from Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Germany. Scientists from other regions wanted to attend but as always, funding for conference travel was a problem. A set of Expanded Abstracts for the AfroMont-Mt Kili conference will be distributed at the end of March 2017. The next AfroMont conference organised for African mountain science will be in Morocco in 2019.

Read more: AfroMont Editorial March 2017: The AfroMont-Mt Kilimanjaro Research Meeting

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The United Nations website states as follows:

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Authors of original papers, or conference papers that have been significantly extended or otherwise enhanced in comparison to the original conference paper, for the special issue should be submitted through the ISPRS Journal web site ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’. The papers will go through a 2 stage review process, commencing with a 750 word abstract. Following acceptance of abstracts soon after submission, as appropriate for the Special Issue, full papers can be submitted for the normal Journal peer review process before publication. The planned timeline for processing paper is as follows:
(Please send the abstract of your proposed paper to the guest editor's email at
Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts: 13 May 2017
Deadline for submission of papers: 30 July 2017
Completion of review process: 31 January 2018

This issue offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility, and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind. This broad and often integrative thematic coverage, calling upon a number of disciplines, is relevant in the context of the recently adopted UN resolution 71/234 on “Sustainable Mountain Development”. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia.

The issue is available online and open access:

Read about the journal’s section policies, guidelines, and submission procedure at:

The MRD Editorial Team
MRD Editorial Office, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment

2-7 July, Brest, Brittany, France

Read more: Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

5-19 July 2017, Ornea / Pieve Tesino, Italy

Read more: Call for Applications: IPROMO Summer School 2017

7-12 August, Pisac/Cusco, Peru

Read more: Winter School Cusco 2017