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Food security is a key concern for sustainable development in mountain areas.Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that present validated insights into development solutions for reducing malnutrition and increasing food security for mountain people; that analyze food systems in mountains against the background of global trends and the need for conserving ecosystems; or that offer agendas for research or policymaking aimed at increasing the sustainability of food systems in mountains. Notices of intent are due by 15 November 2017, full papers by 28 February 2018.

Read more: MRD Call for Papers: Food security and sustainable development in mountains

23 - 27 October, Washington D.C., United States

On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. for GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'.

With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of EO in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

For more information, visit the event website.

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Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs

For this issue, guest editors G. Gratzer and W. Keeton invited researchers to reflect on the role of mountain forests in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Papers cover gender issues in Ethiopian agroforestry, the impact of migration on gender relations in forest user groups in Nepal, the profitability of small-scale mountain farm forestry in Austria, the impact of rubber on the rural economy in China, a throughfall-exclusion experiment in a forest area in Bhutan, and the resilience of mountain forests to disturbance scenarios in India. Two agendas follow: for research on Andean forest landscapes and their capacity to contribute to sustainable development, and for practice, on ways in which US federal land managers can help sustain forest productivity. Two further papers are on property rights, rangeland management, and herder livelihoods in Bhutan, and on a method to model urban spatial growth in mountains in China.

Read more: MRD Vol 37, No 3 now online!

Under the framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and assessment cycle, there are several developments and opportunities for the MRI and its mountain research community to participate and make important contributions on the state of knowledge regarding climate change in mountain regions. Here is a recap:

Read more: Global Assessments - IPCC

#MountainsMatter video contest

Win a trip to Rome to see your video shown at the International Mountain Day concert!

To bring attention to the plight of mountains for International Mountain Day (11 December), we are asking you to make a one-minute video on the theme of ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration’ for the #MountainsMatter video contest.
Two winners will receive a trip to Rome to attend the International Mountain Day concert on 11 December. The winning videos will be shown at the concert.
The deadline for entries is 20 October 2017.
More information: www.fao.org/international-mountain-day/video-contest/en/

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Read more: #MountainsMatter video contest

A round up of recent events such as the GLACIARES+ winter school in Pisac, Peru, as well as other upcoming events, news, recent publications, jobs and grant opportunities in the Latin American region [in Spanish].

Read more: Latin America - September 2017

AAG Annals


Pons, D.; Taylor, M.; Griffin, D.; Castellanos, E.; Anchukaitis, K. (2017): On the Production of Climate Information in the High Mountain Forests of Guatemala. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Volume 107, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1235481




AAG Annals
Carey, M.; Molden, O.; Borg Rasmussen, M.; Jackson, M.; Nolin, A.; Mark, B. (2017): Impacts of Glacier Recession and Declining Meltwater on Mountain Societies. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Volume 107, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1243039