Mountain Societies Research Institute: Programmes, Activities and Outputs 2013
In 2013, the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) increased its capacity and launched several new projects. Research was completed on the second MSRI’s Background Paper on sustainable land management.
Research began on the third and fourth papers, on Mountain Tourism andSustainability and Agroforestry Potential for Central Asia. Other research focused on small scale farming systems and climate change adaptation. Work on the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Learning Landscapes Initiative began, with MSRI conducting research and monitoring on the socio-ecological sites where UCA’s campuses are located, to create learning environments for UCA faculty, students, adjacent communities and other stakeholders.
MSRI's mobile digital library eBilim served 10 villages in rural Kyrgyzstan. The Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship (CAARF) was initiated to provide financial and technical support to scholars from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. Our Knowledge Management Hub is growing and so are our efforts to develop GIS capacity at UCA and in the region.
Many initiatives are led in collaboration with regional and international partners. MSRI continues to host the Mountain Partnership Central Asian Hub, and new partnerships were launched with the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta.
This report describes these and other activities, and MSRI’s growing team, outputs and partnerships in 2013.