Glacier Research in Peru Links Students with Communities
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Glacier Research in Peru Links Students with Communities

A faculty member and students from a provincial university in Peru recently presented the results of a class project on glacier research at an international conference. Their study of glacier retreat and environmental risks draws on the familiarity of the faculty and students with local environments and cultures. It sets an important example by showing […]

Science and politics in a mountain grassland in Peru
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Science and politics in a mountain grassland in Peru

A recent visit to a research site in a high-elevation grassland in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru demonstrated the importance of these rapidly changing ecosystems. It showed as well the challenges of carrying out studies in this area, and the opportunities for collaborations between different organizations. This post was originally posted on the GlacierHub.org by […]

Ventures at the top of the Andean Cordillera and beyond…
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Ventures at the top of the Andean Cordillera and beyond…

How thrilling would it be to tapped on the shoulder by a native little man in the Andean Cordillera, ushered into a cave behind a waterfall, and then offered the opportunity to explore a magical realm, for real? Moody dirty cave, scruffy man…that’s pretty much what happened to me and a good friend and colleague, […]

Glaciers & Mountain Ecosystems Gain National Institutional Profile in Peru
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Glaciers & Mountain Ecosystems Gain National Institutional Profile in Peru

With the creation of the National Institute for Research in Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems (INAIGEM), Peru’s national government is strengthening its role in investigating the nexus of climate change, glacial recession, natural hazards, and the management of water and other mountain-based ecosystem services in the Central Andes. The establishment of INAIGEM within the Ministry of […]

Adapting to climate change in the Chingaza-Sumapaz-Guerrero region
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Adapting to climate change in the Chingaza-Sumapaz-Guerrero region

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia MADS, through Conservation International-Colombia, is executing a climate change adaptation project in the High Mountain Ecosystems that surround the city of Bogota and provide drinking water for the Bogota metropolitan area and its adjoining rural communities. This project is a Global Environmental Facility- Special Climate Change […]

Ordinary processes in an extraordinary environment
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Ordinary processes in an extraordinary environment

The “Dry Season” in the páramo of the Southern Ecuadorian Andes seemed anything but dry following our third straight day of field work under low, dark clouds and steady showers.  “Dry”, in the páramo, as I have come to learn, simply means that there exists a potential, if only minute, that the clouds will break […]

Montanhas brasileiras – Innovative sustainability research
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Montanhas brasileiras – Innovative sustainability research

Brazil is among the 20 countries with the largest mountainous areas on the planet, as nearly 17% of its national territory reaches over 600 meters in elevation. Brazilian mountains are extraordinarily diverse, spanning regions along the Atlantic coast, in the Amazon rainforest, the semiarid region and the multicultural countryside. Some of the most popular Brazilian touristic […]

Mesoscale governance and the Andean-Choco’s Commonwealth
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Mesoscale governance and the Andean-Choco’s Commonwealth

Effective decentralized environmental governance requires mechanisms that mobilize information, resources and facilitate decision making at the scales that are relevant for different social and environmental problems. The advantages of shortening the distance between decision makers and people is balanced by challenges related to coordination, especially in cases where fragmentation of decision making can act as […]