Rede Ibérica de Investigação de Montanha
Red Ibérica de Investigación de Montaña
Xarxa Ibèria de Recerca en Muntanya

A Mountain Research Network between Andorra, Spain and Portugal

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RIIM (Rede Ibérica de Investigação e Montanha, Red Ibérica de Investigación de Montaña, Xarxa Ibèria de Recerca en Muntanya) is a network among research institutions from Andorra, Spain and Portugal established to promote mountain research in the Iberian Peninsula through cooperation, mobility and share of information and resources.



  • Promotion of research in mountain topics and areas in the Iberian Peninsula (Iberian Mountains, Pyrenees, and mountains in Azores, Madeira, Canarias and Baleares islands) based on the interaction among research institutions and their members in this geographic context
  • Awareness raising concerning the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals in mountain regions in the Iberian Peninsula based on research and innovation
  • Promotion of mobility of researchers among institutions
  • Promotion of exchange of information and resources among researchers
  • Promotion of consortia establishment for participation in re research and technological development (Horizon 2020, national and international programs, in particular trans-border)
  • Establishment of a Iberian Mountain Research Agenda
  • Promotion of the preparation, discussion and approval of the Mountains of the Iberian Peninsula Convention, a cooperation treaty between Andorra, Spain and Portugal for the sustainable development of mountain areas through integration of land management policies and instruments



RIIM is comprised of the following research institutions



RIIM debates international cooperation and climate change in mountain areas

CIMO vice-coordinator João Azevedo participated, in representation of the Iberian Mountain Research Network (RIIM), at a round table on International Cooperation in Mountain Areas and Climate Change during the “3er Coloquio internacional sobre cambio climático en zonas de montaña OPCC2 2019” that took place Jaca, Spain, on october 22-23.
See a short video of the second day of the event here.

Mountains and islands: facing challenges and exploring opportunities together

CIMO vice-coordinator João Azevedo participated, in representation of the Iberian Mountain Research Network (RIIM), at a round table on International Cooperation in Mountain Areas and Climate Change during the “3er Coloquio internacional sobre cambio climático en zonas de montaña OPCC2 2019” that took place Jaca, Spain, on october 22-23.

Mountains 2018 on Brazilian tv

Mountains 2018 - International Event in Friburgo discusses sustainable mountain development.

Mountain 2018 just started

Mountains 2018 started Monday, December 10, in Nova Friburgo, Brazil. The event, comprising the III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Environments and the II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountains Regions, is the largest conference dedicated to mountains research and development ever organized in Brazil. CIMO and the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, organizers of Mountains 2016, the first edition of the event that took place in Bragança in 2016, are co-organizers of the 2018 edition with Embrapa, the main organizer, and several other institutions in Brazil and Scotland, and the Mountain partnership. The Iberian Mountain Research Network, the Portuguese Mountain Research Network and LuMont collaborate in the organization of the event. The major topics of the 2018 edition will be public policies in mountains and the connection of research to practice.

Iberian Mountain Research Network plans future in Madrid

The Iberian Mountain Research Network (RIIM) met last Tuesday, December 4, at the premises of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), in Madrid. In this second general meeting of the network, attended by 24 researchers from 12 RIIM member institutions, important progress was made in the definition of a common Research Agenda for 2030 as well as in the establishment of objectives and an action plan for 2019. The next general RIIM meeting will be organized by the Centre d'Estudis de la Neu i de la Muntanya d'Andorra (CENMA) of the Institut d'Estudis Andorrans (IEA) in Andorra la Vella in late 2019.

Progress in cross border cooperation in mountain research and innovation recognized in the XXX Spain-Portugal Summit

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Prime minister of Portugal, António Costa, have expressed their satisfaction for progress made in cooperation in research and innovation across borders in the mountains regions of Trás-os-Montes (Northeast Portugal) and Castile and León (Northwest Spain). According to the text of the Spain-Portugal Joint Declaration of the XXX Spain-Portugal Summit that took place on November 21, 2018, in Valladolid, these initiatives shall develop as promoters of collaboration among cross border laboratories to strengthen the strategic character of cooperation between the two countries.

Open Call for Presentations of Experiences on Sustainable Development in Mountains

Call for presentations of experiences on sustainable development in mountains for the III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Environments Mountains 2018 - is now open to August 31, 2018.

Objective: to provide a space to exchange experiences and share knowledge on sustainable development in mountain environments, including perspectives from issues such as agro-ecology, agriculture, climate change, rural tourism, forest, water, community and territories, ecosystem services, public policies, land use and other related perspectives.
Selection of proposals will be based on adherence to Mountains 2018 key themes, relevance, and originality.
Submitted proposals will be selected by the Mountains 2018 organizing committee, and expected to be presented during the conference.
Time for each presentation: 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers.
Simultaneous translations (English, Spanish and Portuguese) will be provided during the presentations.

Abstract format: English language, Word, font Times New Roman, size 12, space 1.5, maximum 3,000 characters. It should contain Title, Author (s), Institution, Presenter, Introduction, Experience description, Results, and Conclusion.
Proposals should be sent as attachment to

Sustainability of Portuguese Mountains: realities and challenges

A versão final e integral do livro eletrónico "Sustentabilidade da Montanha Portuguesa: Realidades e Desafios" está a partir de agora disponível ao público ( Este livro, editado pelos membros do CIMO João Azevedo, Vasco Cadavez, Margarida Arrobas e Jaime Pires, foi publicado em 2016 cobrindo um vasto leque de assuntos relevantes para a investigação e desenvolvimento de montanha em Portugal..

GMBA Mountain Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing survey

GMBA is carrying out a first coarse assessment of the state of, trends in, and relations between biodiversity, ecosystem services, human wellbeing, and direct drivers in the world's mountains. Please share your knowledge about the mountain social-ecological system(s) you are working on! It will take you roughly 40 minutes to answer the questions and share the survey link with your colleagues scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners. We thank you for your contribution and are looking forward to receiving your answers by 31.05.2018!

The link to this survey is the following:

RIIM already a success story

RIIM is one of the success stories told in the "15 years of the Mountain Partnership" publication edited by FAO last year.

Iberian Mountain Research Network With large swathes of Andorra, Portugal and Spain occupied by mountain territory, there was an urgent need to tackle issues of joint interest, including climate change, forests, the environment, the agrifood sector and tourism. This gap has now been filled with the launch, in May 2017, of the Iberian Mountain Research Network (Rede Ibérica de Investigação de Montanha RIIM). Formed by a group of 19 universities and research centres from the three member countries, the network is studying issues affecting mountain areas on the Iberian peninsula. RIIM is an initiative of the Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), based at the Instituto Politécnico de Bragança in Portugal.

Read the full publication HERE.

Call for abstracts: Mountains 2018

The Call for abstracts for the II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, which takes place 12–14 December in Nova Friburgo, RJ. Brazil, is now open. The deadline for submissions is 31 May. More information HERE.

'Young Researcher Innovation Award in Cryosphere Science and Mountain Areas' prize

The Universidade Complutense de Madrid university, through the workgroup GRUPO DE INVESTIGACIÓN GEOGRAFÍA FÍSICA DE ALTA MONTAÑA, and in collaboration with "Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica" just announced the contest "Young Researcher Innovation Award in Cryosphere Science and Mountain Areas". Interested researchers should consult the available information HERE.

CIMO in the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership

CIMO with EUROMONTANA are the new representatives of Major Group Organizations of Europe in the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership for the next four years. CIMO/EUROMONTANA were elected during the 5th Global Meeting that took place in FAO headquarters in Rome from December 11 to 13.
The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of more than 300 partners from governments, intergovernmental organizations, major groups (e.g. civil society, NGOs and the private sector) and subnational authorities. The Mountain Partnership was founded in 2002 to address challenges faced by mountain regions around the world and to protect mountain environments and to improve the lives of mountain peoples.
The Steering Committee provides programmatic orientation to the Mountain Partnership, oversees the preparation of a four-year strategy and a two-year workplan. The 17-member body monitors the work of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the implementation of the ‘Mountain Agenda’ and the achievements and impacts of their respective electoral groups.” Learn more about in the Steering Committee in the Mountain Partnership webpage.