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International Mountain Society

The goal of the International Mountain Society (IMS) is to advance knowledge and disseminate 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 order to further this purpose, the association publishes a quarterly journal, Mountain Research and Development (MRD). The IMS and MRD's donors cover the costs of operating the journal and its networking activities in excess of the portion covered by publication fees paid by authors of articles published in MRD.

The IMS is an association legally registered in Bern, Switzerland, with institutional and individual membership. It is the copyright holder and publisher of Mountain Research and Development.

Institutional members

The following organizations are Institutional Members of the International Mountain Society (IMS):

  • SDC, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Bern, Switzerland
  • 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, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • MRI, Mountain Research Initiative, Bern, Switzerland
  • UCA/MSRI, Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia, Bishkek,
    Kyrgyz Republic
  • FoLAP, Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks, Bern, Switzerland
  • CMS, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth, Scotland
  • 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

Become an Institutional Member of the IMS

Institutions interested in supporting the cause of sustainable mountain development by improving communication and exchange between the research and development communities can join the IMS as an Institutional Member. Membership is open to national and international institutions active in the fields of mountain research and/or mountain development and must be approved by the current Institutional Members of the IMS. Institutional Members pay an annual membership fee of US$ 5000. They benefit from the possibility of publishing statements about their organization and mountain-related activities in MRD's MountainPlatform section, on a rotating basis, and are listed on MRD's website, related websites, and promotional material.

For further details, please contact: IMS[at]cde.unibe.ch


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