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Call for Papers: Sustainability Special Issue on Transboundary Sustainable Mountain Governance

This Special Issue of the journal Sustainability is guest edited by MRI Chair Jörg Balsiger and MRI Executive Director Carolina Adler, and invites contributions that address transboundary sustainable mountain governance. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 January 2021.

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This Special Issue of the journal Sustainability invites novel contributions that address transboundary sustainable mountain governance. Governance is broadly understood to concern how society or its constituent groups organize in order to make decisions and steer action to meet shared goals; transboundary governance denotes organizing efforts across international borders. Governance arrangements may range from formal, intergovernmental treaties to informal private sector or civil society initiatives. Sustainable development governance suggests an implicit or explicit focus on policy integration and respect of the planetary boundaries, as well as intra- and intergenerational equity.

Papers integrating any of the following dimensions that may be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and/or practitioners are welcomed:

Origins, design, implementation, and impact of innovative approaches, forms, or instruments of transboundary SMD governance;
Comparisons of transboundary SMD governance in different mountain regions, or between the governance of SMD and other domains in the same mountain range;
Cross-border cooperation on climate change adaptation in the context of transboundary SMD governance, addressing such aspects as river basin management, nature-based solutions, or disaster risk management;
Cross-border (or transboundary) cooperation and governance on monitoring and reporting on SMD (data and information);
Understudied aspects of transboundary SMD governance relating to specific actors (e.g., private sector, local governments), modes of interaction (e.g., science diplomacy), topics (e.g., mining, human rights), or instruments (e.g., inter-regional exchange, regional-global linkage politics)
Theoretical aspects of transboundary SMD governance such as multi-level governance, polycentricity, heterarchy, pluriregionality, or fragmentation.

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