International Mountain Society

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Mountain Research and Development


The International Mountain Society (IMS) is an association registered in Bern, Switzerland, for the purpose of advancing knowledge and disseminating information about mountain research and mountain development throughout the world. The IMS aims to promote sustainable mountain development through improved communication among institutions and individuals, with a particular focus on mountain ecoregions in the developing world. In pursuing this purpose, it collaborates with like-minded institutions. The IMS is the copyright holder and publisher of the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD). It also supports publication and dissemination activities in developing countries.

Institutional Members of the International Mountain Society (IMS)

  • ICIMOD, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal;
  • FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy;
  • CONDESAN, Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion, Lima, Peru;
  • CDE, Centre for Development and Environment, Bern, Switzerland;
  • MRI, Mountain Research Initiative, Bern, Switzerland;
  • UCA/MSRI, Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan;
  • FoLAP, Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks, Bern, Switzerland;
  • CMS, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth, Scotland;
  • DIG, Department of Integrative Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland;
  • IMHE, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China;
  • ARU, Afromontane Research Unit, University of the Free State, Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa;
  • ARCOS, Albertine Rift Conservation Society, Kampala, Uganda;
  • IGF/ÖAW, Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck, Austria.

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