The Mountains 2018 Conference
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The Mountains 2018 Conference

Mountains 2018 is an international conference that will bring together scholars, professionals, policy makers and others involved with multiple aspects of the mountain world. The Conference seeks to stimulate and disseminate knowledge about the topic based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in […]

Creating ClimateWIse
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Creating ClimateWIse

After a gripping five-hour drive, winding over skinny mountain roads through goat traffic, we arrive in the tiny town of Huamantanga (Fig. 1). The water that flows through this town eventually ends up in Lima, Peru, and Huamantanga is one of the first community partners to work with AquaFondo – Lima’s water fund. Like other […]

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 […]