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Winners of online mountain photo contest 23 January 2015 The winners of the first international online digital photography contest, “We Love Mountains,” held to mark International Mountain Day have been announced. The top three pictures in two categories - mountain peoples and family farming - and the top 25 finalists overall were selected. Prizes include a collection of publications by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and special We Love Mountains t-shirts. The contest helped raise public awareness about the importance of mountains to sustainable development and build alliances to bring positive changes to mountain peoples and environments. Organized by the Municipality of Denia , Spain, with support from the Mountain Partnership Secretariat and FAO, the contest provided an opportunity for mountain enthusiasts from around the world to share their passion for mountains on social media. The pictures were posted on Instagram from 1 to 15 December 2014, indicated by the hashtag #WeLoveMountains. [more]
CAIAG celebrates International Mountain Day for the first time 20 January 2015 The Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) has been a member of the Mountain Partnership since September 2014. This year, it was the first year celebrating International Mountain Day for CAIAG. On 8 to 12 December CAIAG conducted an international seminar-training – “Operation and Maintenance of CAWa Hydrometeorological Monitoring Stations”. Guests of the celebration event were the Rector of the International University of Kyrgyzstan, a representative of the National Center of mountain regional development of the Kyrgyz Republic – academician Aydaraliev and representatives of the Hydrometeorological Services of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. During the celebration the participants watched a movie, and very interesting discussions were held about the role of mountains in the promotion of sustainable economic development. Academician Aydaraliev spoke about the Kyrgyz Republic joining the international partnerships. He also noted that it is needed to find new and sustainable opportunities for the population both in mountain and plain areas that allow to eradicate poverty without causing further damage to fragile mountain ecosystems. Participants of the event noted that the processes occurring in mountain areas have an impact on the stability of the flat zone, affect the environment, economy, culture and social mood of the people and can be causes of increased migration outflow. The most active and successful participants of the training workshop were awarded with certificates by the Mountain Partnership. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations at COP20 20 January 2015 During COP 20 in Lima, Peru, various side events were organized in occasion of International Mountain Day 2014. In “Voices for Climate” in the Mountain and Water pavilion the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) , Foundation Pangea , Crescente Fértil , Red de Agroindustria Rural del Perú (REDAR Perú), Huayhuash Peru and Fundación Agreste held an exposition on 11 december 2014 on the activities organized by civil society organizations members of the Mountain Alliance in South America. [more]
Celebrating International Mountain Day in Turkey 19 January 2015 International Mountain Day was also celebrated in Turkey by the General Directorate of Forestry and the Ankara Provincial Directorate for National Education (Eco-Schools) in the Ministry of National Education Council Room. The participants were 550 including university lecturers, non-governmental organizations’ representatives, Eco-School teachers and students, Tamer Otrankçier from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Central Asia Office, Deputy Director General of Forestry Ali Şahīn, Chief Inspector Yunus Şeker, Inspectors Mahmut Temīz and Ali Şīmşek, Press Counsellor of the General Directorate of Forestry Cezmi Keleş, and the staff of the General Directorate. The event started with the opening speeches by representatives of the different participating organization and a presentation on research on mountain areas. Thereafter, to represent Turkey’s mountains, a model, photo and painting exhibition was set up which included 41 models of Turkish mountains, 59 mountain paintings made by students and 53 photos taken by the General Directorate of Forestry and by other photographers. [more]
Voices for Climate 13 January 2015 During International Mountain Day 2014, the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) was involved in “Voices for Climate” in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP20. In this context, CONDESAN, as technical partner of the Environment Ministry of Peru, supported and organized several activities. The event was celebrated at the Conference in two spaces: at the headquarter and at the fair “Voices for Climate”. [more]
International mountain day 2014 in the Russian Geographical Society, Moscow 13 January 2015 The meeting dedicated to International Mountain Day was held in the Moscow’s headquarter of the Russian Geographical Society on 11 December 2014. The main theme of the day was: “Mountains farming – family farming”. The organization of the meeting was initiated by the group MAB-6 IG RAS and ensured by the Russian Geographical Society. The meeting was attended by representative of Russia’s mountain fields, politicians, government officials, parliamentarians, mountain farmers from the Altai, the Ural and the Caucasus, scientists, members of the public and the press. At the meeting, the book "Studies of the mountains. Development of mountainous regions of Northern Eurasia in the context of global changes" was presented which is dedicated to the problems of sustainable development in the mountain areas of Russia. Real life examples of family farming and challenges and benefits of mountain farming were given. The speeches emphasized the important role of agricultural management and mountain landscapes in the life of many ethnic groups in Russia. Politicians and the public emphasized the need for a closer cooperation between scientists and practitioners. The meeting concluded with the acknowledgment from a member of the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Alkhazurov, of the need to develop a strategy for mountain villages of Chechnya. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in Algeria 5 January 2015 The Province of Bejaia is rich in land products that are just waiting to be valorized. In Algeria, International Mountain Day celebrations coincide with the demonstration of 11 December 1960. The association Assirem Gouraya and the Forest Conservation of of the Béjaïa Province, in collaboration with the Algerian Federation of Ski and Mountain Sports as well as different organisms and associations from the Béjaïa Province, have organized the third edition of the National Festival of Mountains under the theme of “Family farming” from 11-13 December 2014. This event aims at creating the sustainable development of mountain regions in the Béjaïa Province, mostly in the remote areas, and at valorizing the local produce, the development of mountain sports, the preservation natural, cultural and patrimonial resources and honor the memory of the valorous martyrs of the revolution. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in Serres, Greece 5 January 2015 For International Mountain Day, Club Serres for UNESCO together with the National History Museum of Serres' Municipality organised from 1 December 2014 to 20 December 2014 an educational program on environmental awareness raising and mountain development, targeting the schools of Primary and Secondary Education of Serres, Greece. The educational program was supported by the NGOs Praxis and Astropili. It is important to note that Club Serres for UNESCO was the first Greek member of Mountain Partnership initiative. Photo: Flickr/Iraklis [more]
2014 International Mountain Day Celebration held in Chengdu 5 January 2015 11 December 2014 is the twelfth International Mountain Day (IMD).This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming, which focus on how family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation due to population growth, economic globalization, urbanization and the migration of men and youth to urban areas. In order to celebrate IMD 2014, create a platform to exchange research of mountain development in the Himalayan regions, and summarize the last year’s work and develop the future work plan, the Chinese Committee on International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (CNICIMOD) organized a symposium on Development Strategies of Mountain Development in Himalayan regions in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China on 10-12 December 2014. Around 30 experts from ICIMOD and domestic research institutes and universities attended the symposium. Several presentations were given on the international programs developed in China and following a discussion on valuable suggestions was put forward. In addition, the 2014 Annual Meeting of CNICIMOD was held during the symposium. Representatives from Bureau of International Cooperation of National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Bureau of International Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, ICIMOD and members of CNICIMOD attended the meeting. With the aim of raising public awareness on mountain agriculture – a model for sustainable development for centuries – CNICIMOD made nearly 30 posters for displaying and prepared publications for distributing that reflect research conducted on mountain hazard management, climate change and mountain development. [more]

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