Mountain Research and Development

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An international, peer-reviewed open access journal founded in 1981 and published by the International Mountain Society (IMS)

The overall mission of Mountain Research and Development is to foster sustainable development in mountains by supporting peer-reviewed interdisciplinary, disciplinary, and transdisciplinary research on mountains, developing scientific capacity, capitalizing on development experiences, promoting policy dialogue, and strengthening networks within the mountain community.

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is devoted to mountains and their surrounding lowlands – ecoregions of particular global importance, in which communities are often marginalized. MRD seeks to present the best in recent research on and development approaches in the world's mountain systems. Papers are peer-reviewed and offer internationally and nationally relevant research on key topics relating to mountains, mountain people, and sustainable development in mountains; book reviews are written by acknowledged experts, and institutional members of the International Mountain Society (IMS) present information about their mountain initiatives and priorities.

MRD provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public, especially to developing countries, supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Open access leads to increased readership beyond the international mountain community, thus increasing the benefit of experience in sustainable mountain development presented in MRD. Open access also results in increased recognition and citation of authors' work.

Online ISSN: 1994-7151 (Print ISSN: 0276-4741)
4 issues per year

  • Publikations­reihe

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  • 2018

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 38, No 2

This issue of MRD offers transformation knowledge, with a paper on how self-governed small-scale irrigation in Tajikistan helps a local rural population maintain its productivity in spite of interventions and external regulations. It also offers systems knowledge, with articles examining how commercial horticulture affects Mount Kenya’s water resources; how extensive grazing impacts on soils in a protected mountain forest in Mexico; how topsoil removal, storage, and redeployment influences vegetation recovery on Peruvian mining sites; how anthropogenic threats affect vascular plants in a National Park in Ethiopia; how climate change influences treelines of key species in Nepal; and how climate warming impacts on snow and water availability in a ski area in New Hampshire, USA.
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  • 2017

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 1

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. Geographically, papers present insights from Nepal, China, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, and Colombia.
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  • 2016

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 36, No 2

Papers address modernization and sustainable development, showing that some aspects of modernization can lead to sustainability—eg improved energy use in Europe, multilocal livelihoods in Pakistan, biosphere reserves in Europe, agrotourism in Thailand, or improved governance in Nepal. Further papers deal with carbon storage in Thailand, forest composition in China, stump debarking in the Czech Republic, treelines in the Andes, and hydropower energy storage in Europe.
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  • 2015

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 4 - Open Issue

This Open Issue offers transformation, systems, and target knowledge in its 3 peer-reviewed sections. In the first paper, a participatory process through which the national objectives of food security and environmental conservation can be achieved in North Korea is validated. Next, modeling-based papers analyze the relationship between permafrost and land surface temperature in the Tien Shan, between policy changes and forest cover change in Romania, and between glacial lakes at different periods in the Himalaya. The next 4 studies focus on a fog collection system in Eritrea, a threatened medicinal herb (Swertia chirayta) in Sikkim, a threatened species (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) collected in Uttarakhand, and people's attitudes toward conservation of wildlife in the Kashmir Valley. The final peer-reviewed paper calls for collaboration, greater scientific rigor, and reliable data in the Himalayas.
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  • 2015

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 35, No 2: Vulnerability and Hazards

The devastating earthquakes in Nepal have shown once again how vulnerable mountain people are to natural hazards. Science can provide evidence that helps to better focus policy and development efforts to strengthen the resilience of mountain people and ecosystems to natural disasters.