Arctic and Mountain Regions Development Institute (AMRDI)

The Arctic and Mountain Regions Development Institute (AMRDI) is a U.S. 501(c)3 (tax-exempt non-profit) started by Matthew Klick, PhD, following the completion of his dissertation work in the Guatemalan Highlands on chronic hunger and local governance, and draws on previous experiences in Kyrgyzstan, South America and Alaska as well. Subsequent, more locally-based work on discrepancies in public health outcomes between immigrant and non-immigrant populations in the Colorado Rockies spurred the formal organization of AMRDI. AMRDI is informed by climate and social science, while contributing to the our wider knowledge of the social dimension of sustainable mountain development under conditions of climate change – both the challenges and opportunities to more effectively building sustainable public health, well-being and climate change resilience in mountainous regions. AMRDI distinguishes itself by applying this knowledge with local partners, from Colorado to Kyrgyzstan, to refine methods and help establish long-term, resilient outcomes for community partners.

Member category Major Groups Organizations
Country United States
Area North and Central America and the Caribbean
Geographic focus of work Central Rockies, Guatemalan Highlands, Peruvian Highlands, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Specific Region(s) Leadville and Colorado; Totonicapan and Quetzaltenango; Bishkek, Central Tien Shan and Western Pamir
Focal Point title Executive Director
Focal Point Matthew Klick
Alternate Focal Point title Board President
Alternate Focal Point Zachary Sturges
Address 3511 W. 45th Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Telephone 0017203478341
Email [email protected]
Email 2 [email protected]
Electoral Group North & Central America and the Caribbean Major Groups
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