In 2014, the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) continued to build infrastructure, capacity and partnerships to enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies in Central Asia.
Highlights include the launch of a new GIS laboratory; new papers in the MSRI Background Paper Series; and the successful completion of the pilot phase of our mobile digital library eBilim. Our first cohort of researchers from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan received support under MSRI’s Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship and are building important networks and a multi-disciplinary body of knowledge on sustainable mountain development.
Partnerships are critical to the work of the Institute. In 2014, MSRI continued to host the Central Asia Mountain Hub and began hosting the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Central Asia Office. We also directly engaged community partners through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Mountain Environmental Virtual Observatories project and our campus-based Learning Landscapes Initiative.
As MSRI enters its fifth year, with UCA poised to open its first undergraduate campus in 2016, we look forward to continuing to serve as a partner and catalyst to generate research knowledge, skills and resources in Central Asia and to building our own capacity as a vital institute of UCA.
We look forward to your continued support and partnership.