Mountain Societies Research Institute Annual Report 2016
28 September 2017
Throughout 2016, the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) continued to build partnerships, in-house and external capacities, and infrastructure (including GIS and knowledge management systems) with the aim to further enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies in Central Asia.
A landmark event was the opening of the UCA Naryn campus in September 2016. MSRI is delighted to be contributing to the development and delivery of new teaching programmes, including the Earth & Environmental Sciences programme, and to be integrating research, teaching and learning in close collaboration with a wide range of faculty and students, development agencies and practitioners, local government authorities and community members.
One special framework for research that helps to integrate studies across topics and scales of analysis is MSRI’s Learning Landscapes initiative. Further development of this initiative is intended to create closer ties between teaching and research, starting in the Naryn region.
Additionally, In anticipation of the opening of UCA’s second campus in Khorog, Tajikistan, in September 2017 – which in the future will also serve as the MSRI Headquarters – we have stepped up our research activities in the Tajik Pamirs and in neighboring regions in Afghanistan.