International Mountain Society

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The International Mountain Society is a scientific mountain research society, with a focus on the ecosustainment of mountains. Based in Bern, Switzerland, the goal of the society (known as the IMS in short) "is to advance knowledge and disseminate information about mountain research and mountain development throughout the world". Memberships are given both to individuals and to organizations;[1] members include the University of Central Asia, World Wildlife Fund, the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) and the Food and Agriculture Organization branch of the United Nations.[2] Focus is placed on mountain ecoregions in developing countries. Funding is derived from author fees for publication in its journal, Mountain Research and Development, and from donations from its members and participators.[1]

The society was initially gathered together by a gathering of peers concerned with overdevelopment on mountains in 1980, however the organization had its roots as far back as 1973, in several workshops on the issue and in the meeting of the German Foundation for International Development in December 1974. Following much discussion, the society was finalized and founded in 1980. It is organized at the top level with a president, past president, two vice presidents, one secretary, one treasurer, and twelve trustees. After four years of membership scientists become eligible for the positions.[3]

The IMS publishes the quarterly journal Mountain Research and Development which covers topics from both the natural and the social sciences and is indexed in the Science Citation Index.


  1. ^ a b "International Mountain Society". International Mountain Society. June 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Institutional members". International Mountain Society. July 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Jack D. Ives (20 September 1981). "International Mountain Society". Mountain Research and Development (International Mountain Society) 1 (3/4): 188–191. JSTOR 3673056.