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MRI Annual Report 2009

MRI Annual Report 2009
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Year of publication 2010
Publisher(s) Mountain Research Initiative MRI
c/o Institute of Geography, University of Berne
Place of publication Bern
Language en
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Page(s) 24
Publication type Other
For hurried readers, I can summarize MRI’s Annual Report 2009 in five points:
1) The project «Mountain Sustainable Development. Transforming Research Into
Practice» (mountain.TRIP) proposed by MRI, IGF and four other partners to the 2009 EU FP7 call was funded and began on 1 December 2009. Mountain.TRIP will render EU-funded mountain relevant research results available to practitioners in forms that they can easily access and use.
2) The Swiss National Science Foundation and the South Africa National Research
Foundation funded the joint Swiss-South African scientific seminar “Toward Sustainable Fine Resolution Hydro-Ecological Observatories in Southern African Mountains”. The seminar took place in November 2009 in Switzerland and was first a step towards comprehensive monitoring of climate, hydrology and biodiversity, and integrated environmental data delivery for South African mountains.
3) In September 2009 MRI hosted a Synthesis Workshop with water resource experts from around the world to assess the current scientific and managerial capacities in their regions for responding to climate change and to explore how results of climate change research can be made more useful to water resource managers. Results will be published in a special issue of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.
4) MRI Europe developed a new network “SEEmore: the South Eastern European
Mountain Research Network” and has given the S4C - Science for the Carpathians -
network a firm basis by establishing an official Scientific Steering Committee.
5) In November 2009, a consortium of 22 institutions, half from Europe, half from
Africa, and coordinated by MRI submitted the African Applied Land System Science
(FINESSE) proposal to the FP7 2010 Africa call “Integrated Management of Water
and Other Natural Resources in Africa”. The project, which seeks 3.5 million € from
the EU, joins three key threads - ecosystem modelling, institutional analysis and collaboration with stakeholders - to create an approach to integrated natural resource management in diverse African ecosystems.