Into the Bale Mountains
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Into the Bale Mountains

The Bale Mountains are an undiscovered part of Ethiopia, with breathtaking landscapes spanning a variety of agro-ecological zones. You can start with a road trip taking you from the green agro-pastoral highlands across the massive plateau, a beautifully empty landscape and habitat of the rare Ethiopian wolf, endemic to Ethiopia. You have a good chance […]

Shifting landscapes: Forest fragmentation in the Polish Carpathians
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Shifting landscapes: Forest fragmentation in the Polish Carpathians

Forests in the Carpathian Mountains have changed a lot over the last two centuries. Forest cover in the Polish Carpathians, for example, has nearly doubled from about 27% in the mid-nineteenth century to 46% today. Not surprisingly, as agriculture in the Carpathians has declined, changes in forest distribution and forest fragmentation have followed. Forest fragmentation […]

Carbon and erosion in the páramo Shangri La
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Carbon and erosion in the páramo Shangri La

After three hours of bushwhacking our way through nearly impenetrable tropical montane forest, soaking wet from a combination of rain and sweat, hands bruised and bloody from the constant swinging of machetes through razor-sharp fronds, we emerged onto a tiny gravel bar along the Ningar River, otherwise known on our research agenda as Site 4. […]

LuMont – Lusophony Mountain Research Network
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LuMont – Lusophony Mountain Research Network

Mountains 2016, an international conference that will take place in Braganca, Portugal, from 3-7 October, will be a large-scale international event concerning climate change and ecosystem services in mountain areas. As discussed previously (see June post), one of the major goals of Mountains 2016 is to promote cooperation among researchers and stakeholders. In addition, the […]

Africa and “Ecological Infrastructure”
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Africa and “Ecological Infrastructure”

Fragmented management Mountain management in Africa is often a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. Currently, African mountains are managed by a suite of individual government departments that typically work in isolation. For example, there may be a Catchment Management Agency working to regulate mountain catchments, and a […]

The Pacific: Missing in action at Perth III?
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The Pacific: Missing in action at Perth III?

The Perth III: Mountains of our Future Earth conference was notable for the absence of Pacific researchers. Pies summarising the geographical representation of the 400+ conference presentations in 2010 and in 2015 showed that Pacific participation remained steady at a feeble 1% (Plate 1). In 2015, I and a single researcher from New Zealand were […]

Competition on the climate escalator
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Competition on the climate escalator

If you want to see evidence of climate change, mountains are pretty good places to look – probably the most striking examples are photos showing the dramatic retreat of glaciers. Another is the steady advance of animals and plants to higher elevations as the climate there becomes increasingly suitable for them. Like commuters on an […]

Challenges and opportunities of developing Environmental Decision Support Systems
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Challenges and opportunities of developing Environmental Decision Support Systems

Effective management of natural resources requires tools that help key stakeholders to foresee the impacts of their investments and actions. Environmental decision support systems can help policy makers and practitioners target key areas embedded in rapid land use change dynamics, monitor stakeholders’ interventions at different scales, and support land use planning by aligning conservation and […]

The social dynamics of mountain systems: Q&A at Perth III with Courtney Flint
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The social dynamics of mountain systems: Q&A at Perth III with Courtney Flint

Courtney, you’re attending the Mountains of our Future Earth conference this week. As a social scientist, what are your expectations of the conference? Courtney Flint – I am very much looking forward to the Perth Mountain Conference! There’s a lot of good energy these days about integrating diverse experiences and expertise from around the world to better […]

“Mountains for Europe’s Future”:  Support us toward the finish line in Brussels!
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“Mountains for Europe’s Future”: Support us toward the finish line in Brussels!

The working group of the strategic research agenda “Mountains for Europe’s Future” prepares for the final spurt towards Brussels. Our short-term aim is to get more mountain research topics into the 2018-20 calls of Horizon 2020, while our long-term goal is to increase the awareness of the importance of mountains for all of Europe. Towards […]