Costa Rica engaged in the celebrations of International Mountain Day 19 December 2014 This year's International Mountain Day theme was "sustainable family farming". This approach was proposed by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat in Rome and by the FAO Representation in Costa Rica. In this regard, it emphasizes that: Mountain agriculture is mainly based on family, as mountain areas are more efficiently managed by smallholder agriculture. The event was celebrated in the town of Bajo Zúñiga, located in the canton of San Ramón of Alajuela, as it represents an example of family farming. The event began with Costa Rica’s national anthem and then several activities coordinated by an interinstitutional commission were carried out. Following, a discussion by the FAO representative clarified concepts around "sustainable family farming" enriching the public. He also reported on the work of his institution in this field. Furthermore, MINAE representatives emphasized the role and importance of mountains and their work on the protection and conservation of protected areas within a sustainable development. Community representatives explained the system of family labor, which today has expanded to other fields. Two members of major organizations part of the Mountain Partnership: the Director of the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) and the representative of FUNDECOR, talked about the importance of the Mountain Partnership at international, national level and why it should be kept alive. Then, there was a visit to a local farm and a walk guided by representatives of the Mountaineering Club and MINAE officials. The event ended with a peasant lunch served on banana leaves. Photo: Flickr/ Ricardo Palacios [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in Myanmar 18 December 2014 On 11 December 2014, the Forest Department of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) successfully celebrated International Mountain Day (IMD) in four mountainous states in Myanmar, namely: Kachin, Kayah, Chin and Shan. The Directors’ offices of the Forest Department in the mentioned four states was leading the celebrations with a total of 718 participants coming from state government bodies, line departments, universities, schools, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and private organizations. In order to recognize the IMD, each state has also developed its own motto for raising awareness on mountain development among the public. A large part of Myanmar is covered with mountains that play a vital role for the livelihoods of people. They are critical watershed areas for the four main rivers in Myanmar, namely, Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Thanlwin and Sittaung from which fresh water becomes available for household consumption, agriculture, livestock and drinking. Currently, the Forest Department under the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry is closely working with FAO and ICIMOD for the socio-economic development, conservation and management of watershed areas in mountain regions. From the participation and contribution of Myanmar to the celebrations of IMD 2014, there will be a push forward towards a more sustainable development of mountain areas in Myanmar. Photo: Flickr/elBlezo [more]
Keeping high the mountain agenda for post 2015 17 December 2014 Mountains were celebrated at the United Nations in New York, USA, with an event co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Argentina, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS). The event was held to mark International Mountain Day (IMD) and focused on the relevance of mountains and rural development in a post 2015 world. Linking to this year’s theme on mountain farming, the speakers reflected on the role of mountain farming in reducing poverty, feeding families and communities, and ensuring the sustainability of natural resources. Representatives of more than 20 governments as well as major groups and intergovernmental organizations attended the event. During the event, a video produced by the MPS on IMD was shown, featuring Mountain Partnership (MP) members’ testimonials from all over the world. MP Special Ambassador Jake Norton also showed a clip on Mount Kenya as a Water Tower and told participants that mountains are a cornerstone of humanity. “They are, indeed, the magic in this world. It is high time we recognize this with action,” he added. [more]
One Voice for the Mountains 17 December 2014 On December 11 – International Mountain Day – delegates gathered at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference, COP20, in Lima, Peru, for a side event that brought attention to the role of mountains as the water towers of the world in a changing climate. Speakers at the “Mountains and Water – from understanding to action” event focused on the challenges and opportunities for conservation, water management and sustainable development in mountain ecosystems worldwide. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO, proposed climate smart agriculture as a way to ensure sustainable rural development and improve resilience. “Facing climate change offers an opportunity to make mountain agriculture more sustainable and to promote new ways of reducing poverty and hunger,” said Semedo, who also expressed FAO's appreciation to host the Mountain Partnership Secretariat. The side event was requested and organized by the governments of Bhutan, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and Switzerland together with the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Mountain Institute and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat. There were featured speakers from several mountainous nations, FAO and The Mountain Institute and there was present an audience of about 200 people. The side event in Lima saw the screening of a new video, “Why Mountains Matter for Climate Change” and launch of a new publication, “Mountains and Climate Change: A global concern”. Photo: FAO/Thomas Hofer [more]
The Importance of Mountains 17 December 2014 On 11 December 2014, the Open University celebrated International Mountain Day. The Open University has created a visual graphic that highlights the importance of mountains, including some of the key facts in relation to mountain farming – the theme for this years’ International Mountain Day. The graphic and some further information can be found on the Open University website. [more]
Essays for mountains 16 December 2014 Utah Valley University (UVU) and its students focus on two strategically important areas of raising awareness about the importance of mountain causes and mountain livelihood: working with local communities in Utah and the Rocky Mountains region and; working with high school students as future leaders on these issues. UVU has sponsored Utah high school essay contests on different topics of sustainable mountain development, and just last week hosted the fifth International Mountain Day celebration and essay contest at UVU. Every year more people become involved in their activities from local businesses, NGOs, government leaders and individuals. This year several famous individuals joined IMD celebrations at UVU including such prominent mountaineers as Reinhold Messner and Conrad Anker. [more]
FAO Highlights Role of Mountains in Iran as Key for Sustainable Development 16 December 2014 In Iran International Mountain Day was organized by the Alpine Club of Iran, in collaboration with the Islamic Republic of Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation, Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Board of Tehran Province as well as Mountain Environment Protection Society (MEPS). Mountains in Iran cover more than half of its territory. In fact, mountains not only are a major source of freshwater and resilience in arid regions but also, as is the case in Iran, they are a host of vital biodiversity, sheltering habitats with exceptional mountain flora. “Mountain Farming” has been designated as the theme for the 2014 International Mountain Day as a tribute to the International Year of Family Farming. In his speech, Mr Nakouzi pointed out that mountain farmers have been vulnerable to poverty, food insecurity and extreme climatic conditions due to their remote geographical location and distance from centers of power and decision-making. “The International Mountain Day provides an occasion for us to reflect on the importance of mountains to our lives and on the opportunities as well as the constraints presently faced in terms of sustainable mountain development” said Mr Nakouzi. [more]
IMD Celebrations by CEE in Indian Himalaya 16 December 2014 The Centre for Environmnetal Education (CEE) celebrated International Mountain Day across the Indian Himalayan Region. The celebrations were supported by JSW Foundation and RCE Srinagar of the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies. This year’s theme was “Mountain Farming” and CEE Himalaya celebrated International Mountain Day also under the theme of sustainable mountain development. Over 350 students, 30 teachers and non-governmental organizations, police and citizens shared their views on Mountain development in the various areas of the Indian Himalayan Region. [more]
Raising the voice of the mountains at UNFCCC COP 20 16 December 2014 ICIMOD’s press release, “ Raising the voice of the mountains at UNFCCC COP 20”, was issued on 11 December 2014 in relation to a high-level side event which was organized at the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, on 8 December 2014. Here, the representatives from mountainous Least Developed Countries from Africa and Asia, namely from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Uganda, advocated for the need of an equitable share of global climate funds to address climate change impacts and support adaption in mountain regions. Present there were also representatives from the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as other eighty delegates. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in Malaysian-Borneo 15 December 2014 International Mountain Day was celebrated by the Faculty of Hotel & Tourism Management of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah and Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster and Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang with an excursion to Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first World Heritage Site. The celebration coincided with the closing of the 4ICTR and the Sabah Parks' fiftieth Golden Jubilee celebration. The main celebrant of International Mountain Day was Assistant Minister, Y.B. Datuk Haji Kamarlin bin Haji Ombi, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah alongside with Deputy Director of Sabah Parks, Dr Maklarin Lakim; Manager of Kinabalu Park, Mr Justinus Guntabid; and Head of Culture Unit, Unesco Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Bernards Alens Zako. Other government agencies, invited guests and 4ICTR delegates were among those present. The celebration kicked-off with a video montage by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Celebrating Mountains - #WeLoveMountains” and a keynote presentation by Mr. Zako of Unesco Asia and the Pacific. Delegates had the opportunity to sample local Ranau delicacies, including the famous “Losun”. As Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site since year 2000. The 4ICTR took the opportunity to hold the closing ceremony of the 4ICTR in celebration of International Mountain Day. The three-day 4ICTR, themed “Rural Mountain Tourism: Preserving Culture and Heritage of Mountain Minorities and Indigenous Peoples” saw 181 delegates of multi-nationalities participating in various themed sessions on tourism research. The welcome dinner saw an interactive participation by the delegates during the cultural show by Sabah Cultural Board. The 4ICTR was sponsored and supported by the National Commission of Unesco Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in Turkey 15 December 2014 The General Directorate of Forestry of the Republic of Turkey celebrated International Mountain Day 2014 in Ankara Turkey for the entire day. The participants were students from kindergarden, primary school and secondary school. At the conference, they were given a pine tree as a gift for the occasion. Students were then supposed to plant it on their school grounds or at home. The event has resulted very successful and satisfying. Photo: Flickr/Asim Bharwani [more]
International Mountain Day 2014 in Haputale, Sri Lanka 15 December 2014 The Sri Lankan Prabhawa environmental organization of Haputale celebrated International Mountain Day (IMD) 2014 on 7 December with around sixty participants at Haputale mountain peak. The march started near Hindu Cultural Hall and was headed by the City Mayor Hon. U.A. Dissanayake and the Deputy Sampath Lamahewa. Furthermore, also a religious event took place at Kuringi Sri Muthumariyamman Kovil. The ritual consisted in lighting oil lamps to remember the victims who were buried alive at the Meeriyabedda landslide disaster which happened on 29 October 2014. Other activities were similar to the previous years since this is the fifth consecutive year of IMD celebration undertaken by the Prabhawa organization. [more]
International Mountain Day celebration in Uganda, Makerere University 15 December 2014 International Mountain Day (IMD) is an opportunity to share experiences and create awareness among the local, national and global communities. The flexibility of this celebration enables diverse communities to participate freely and joyfully. At Makerere University they celebrated in their own style and with a selected mountain community in Mt Elgon, they made it fun and informative. This year was a unique experience. Students celebrated IMD in style at Makerere University on 11 December 2014 from 4PM to 7PM with an examination. Every year the students are examined on their understanding of the concepts and practices of Highland and Mountain Resource Management. This course designed in response to the Agenda 21 Chapter 13, builds human capacity in Mountain Resource management and so far, has graduated over 100 students from the east African Region including one from Norway. Makerere University Students also joined with the local communities in Bududa on Mt Elgon to celebrate the IMD in advance on 25 November 2014. They created awareness and interacted with the communities on various issues affecting sustainable resource use and on the challenges faced. Family farming, which was the main theme this year, is a key activity supporting mountain communities in Uganda in terms of food security, employment and income. [more]
Celebrating International Mountain Day in Poland 15 December 2014 Around 30 mountain farmers celebrated International Mountain Day (IMD) 2014 in Klodzko Valley, situated in the eastern part of the Sudety Mountains. They met in Bielice, a small mountain village just a few meters from what used to be the Polish-Czech border. The event was organized by a group of local and regional non-governmental organizations, among them: Mountain Elected People, established on 11 December 2002; the Snow Mountain Community Fund, the oldest of CFs in Poland; and the Association “Wojtowice - back to the future”. Farmers – wives and husbands – exchanged experiences on mountain family farming and agreed that each mountain activity should take into account not only agricultural but also environmental and cultural aspects of this extraordinary natural heritage which are the mountains. The participants were presented with the results of the Summer School of Architecture, held last July in Wojtowice for 25 young engineers from Wroclaw Politechnic, who prepared a catalogue of 20 classical types of Sudety rural architecture. They were also given IMD posters. They ended the celebration with a degustation of various local dishes such as freshly baked bread, smoked ham, mountain trout, goose breast, pumpkin mousse, mirabellen, rowan and cherry distillates, marinated lamb served with 3 different types of cabbage, cakes, sweets, fruits jams and more specialties prepared in Czech, German and Polish style. [more]
Celebration of International Mountain Day in Barskoon village in the Kyrgyz Republic 15 December 2014 On 11 December a WWF project initiated the celebration of International Mountain Day in Barskoon village. Students of secondary school organized Club of the Merry and Inventive , which was dedicated to the International Day of Mountains. In the framework of the festival, the children demonstrated their creativity through presenting environmental issues at global and local level. In general, at the end of the celebration, students of the school were charged by a positive thinking and a deeper understanding of the need to preserve the environment, mountains in particular. The celebration’s motto was “Save the environment – start from yourself”. The main objective of such environmental events is the revival of traditions of the Kyrgyz people such as respect for nature and its components. Their goal is to create among the local population and the younger generations the formation of an environmental culture, to attract attention through creative activities on environmental issues and sustainable development, to educate to love and respect for nature and to develop the idea of living in harmony with nature. For more information please contact Farida Balbakova, Coordinator of the WWF Projects in the Kyrgyz Republic via e-mail: [more]
Integrated planning, regional cooperation and harnessing potential - key for Mountain States' future 15 December 2014 Factors such as i ncluding the states in the planning process, specific policy initiatives and harnessing the potential of the states were identified at the “Meet of the Mountain States” as key for a better future of the mountain states. The meet was a two-day event taking place in New Delhi, India. The meet kicked off with Dr. RS Tolia welcoming the participants and providing a brief evolution of Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI). Amba Jamir, council member of IMI, described the activities of the organization over the past 3 years. Following, various speakers dealt with different topics ranging from mountains and the Himalayan states, mountains and institutions to mountains and organic farming. The inaugural session was followed by sessions on "Sharing by Partner Institutions - Towards building a common vision", "Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Trends of Change for the Himalayan Farmers" and a panel discussion on promoting Entrepreneurship among Organic Farmers. There was exhibition of innovative farm technologies, research and development innovations, poster exhibition and model of mountain cities as side events during the meet. A session on "Mountain Issues in light of Climate Change Negotiations" followed by a round table discussion of the legislators from mountain states were on the agenda for the second day. Mr. PA Sangma was the Chief Guest while Dr. Eklabya Sharma from ICIMOD was the Guest of Honour for the proceedings on day two. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in the Kyrgyz Republic 12 December 2014 On 11 December 2014 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan the Central Asia Mountain Partnership members in Kyrgyzstan joined the world for the annual observance of the International Mountain Day (IMD). This year, the IMD is celebrated worldwide under the theme of Mountain Farming, for raising awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries. Additionally, two side events were organized: a partnership fair, where MP members demonstrated their best practices on sustainable mountain development and a photo exhibition featuring mountain farmers of Kyrgyzstan. The master class from ADI entitled “Laboratory of taste: window gardening” was another IMD event and provided an opportunity for participants to learn farming techniques and get hands dirty by planting seeds of herbs in pots for their own kitchen window garden. Photo: Alma Karsymbek [more]
Message from CDB’s Executive Secretary 12 December 2014 Mr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias sent a message in the occasion of International Mountain Day, 11 December. M. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In his statement he speaks about the importance of mountains for life and for all and how they are now extremely threatened by climate change and other issues. “The challenge before us is to identify new and sustainable opportunities that can benefit both highland and lowland communities and help to eradicate poverty without contributing to the degradation of fragile mountain ecosystems. An enabling policy environment, such as fair trade policies, removal of technical, legal and administrative barriers to technology transfer, sound economic policy, regulatory frameworks and transparency, could improve farmers’ access to resources and increase their capacity to generate income”. Photo: Flickr/IUCNweb [more]
Save Himalayas save our future 12 December 2014 Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Center (KIRDARC) Nepal and the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment (MOSTE) have planned a national conference for International Mountain Day to address the issue of Nepal Mountain and Livelihood of Mountain People . It dealt with the challenges posed by climate change that impact Karnali and the mountain areas of Nepal. Furthermore, it was recognized that climate change is the greatest issue for mountain people and that there is a need for immediate action in this regard. KIRDARC Nepal, an non-governmental organization (NGO) working for safer communities in Himalaya, requests all government agencies, NGOs, media, civil societies and related stakeholders to join hands together to save the Himalaya for the save future. Let’s Save Himalayas and protect the future of Himalaya people. [more]
Tea growers for International Mountain Day 12 December 2014 International Mountain Day 2014 was celebrated by the Nilgiri Documentation Centre at Ooty, Fortune Resorts Sullivan Court. The day started with a Workshop on 'Sustaining Small Tea Growers in the Nilgiris'. The Executive Director of the Tea Board of India, Mr R. Ambalavanan; the Project Director of Hill Area Development Programme, Mr Srinivas R. Reddy; the Former Chief Secretary of Government of Tamil, Nadu Dr N. Sundaradevan; small tea growers, vegetable growers, organic farmers and members of the general public and the press and media participated to the event. The enthusiastic discussions lasted more than two hours. The workshop ended on a positive note, small growers concluded that they can sustain themselves if they manage the risks associated with small tea growing. It was recommended that growers join together to process and market their produce, switching to value added products, seeking a niche market and taking to supplementary activities. At the end, the Nilgiri Conservation Award was presented to Mr Srinivas R. Reddy by Mr B.J. Krishnan, President of the Save Nilgiris Campaign. [more]
Mountain life is our life 11 December 2014 MiratecArts is joining the Mountain Partnership program and the United Nations team in celebration of International Mountain Day this 11 December, by launching the program of the first-ever MONTANHA PICO FESTIVAL. From the mountain island of Pico, in the Azores, Portugal, Montanha Pico Festival is an expression of arts to raise the issues of mountains and mountain culture. Through art exhibition, book launches, presentation of films and performances, adventures on the mountain from photography to hiking, ballet, music compositions and mural paintings, during the month of January anyone is welcomed to join MiratecArts in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal´s highest peak, Pico Island. [more]
International Mountain Day celebrations in Austria 11 December 2014 On Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 the Federal Institute for Less-Favored and Mountainous Areas in Vienna, Austria, celebrated International Mountain Day in the institute’s ballroom. Gerhard Hovorka, senior researcher, explained the background of International Mountain Day to the 50 guests and why it is important to support mountain farming in Austria. Afterwards, Manuela Zeitlhofer, an Austrian teacher, presented insights into her everyday life far from civilization and in the “wilderness” on the Yukon River in Canada through pictures, stories and texts. Following the presentations there was the celebration of International Mountain Day with a buffet and drinks. [more]
Message from ICIMOD’s Director General 11 December 2014 ICIMOD’s Director General Dr David Molden drafted a special message for International Mountain Day. “This event is intended to raise awareness on the role of family farming in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food and nutritional security, improving livelihoods, promoting responsible natural resource management, protecting the environment, and contributing to sustainable rural development” said Dr David Molden. Continuing, he focused his message on the importance of mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region (HKH) for both its peoples and environments. He concluded wishing everyone a happy and successful day. Photo: ICIMOD [more]
African Mountains as water towers 10 December 2014 The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) together with the Government of Uganda, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Mountain Partnership have planned a session entitled “ Africa water towers in changing climate ” that will be carried our during the Mountain and Water Pavilion at COP20 in Lima, Peru. This event is on 11 December and coincides with the International Mountain Day. The session aims at highlighting the efforts made until now to promote sustainable mountain development in Africa, discussing the steps forward made in the field of legislation on climate resilience and sustainability in African mountains and at acquiring further support for the Africa Sustainable Mountain Development programme. There is a need to enhance the creation of income in the mountain areas as a means to reach sustainable mountain development. ARCOS is working towards this goal by supporting initiatives that promote public-private partnerships and sustainable community benefits in mountain areas of Africa. [more]
Nepal: Sports for Mountains 10 December 2014 Today is the inaugural celebration of the Mountain Festival in Nepal also marking the Diamond Jubilee of Mt. Cho Oyu. This event is organized by the Nepal Mountaineering Association of Nepal for three days 10-12 December and it will take place in Pokhara, Nepal. This event is celebrated by all stakeholders engaged in the various tourism related industries: private sector, non-governmental organizations, International organizations and others. The organization Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) was given space to share their work working with youths and women in the Himalayas, mainly through adventure sports and tourism (trekking, rock climbing and mountain climbing). This event is showcasing and promoting traditional games such as archery, chello (shot-put) and many more. Photo: Flickr/Mike Behnken [more]
Three Meetings for Mountains 10 December 2014 The Association for Sustainability and Governance of Mountainous Areas’ role is to maintain global sustainable development in mountainous areas. It also engages in enhancing the quality of life of local people in the protection of the mountainous environment and natural resources. This year the Association has planned to celebrate International Mountain Day with three meetings on mountainous areas and wildlife administration. The meetings will be on 10 December 2014 from 1:30PM to 5:30PM in Izmir, Turkey. There will be features various speakers from universities, non-governmental organization. Participation to this event is open to all. [more]
IMD in Salerno, Italy 10 December 2014 The Association for Social Promotion UPI, in collaboration with the Circolo territoriale di Legambiente Salerno, has organized a workshop for International Mountain Day 2014. The workshop will take place in Salerno, Italy on 11 December. It will focus on this year’s theme – mountain farming – by giving the general public the opportunity to understand how mountain farming, which is mainly family farming, has been for centuries a model for sustainable development. The initiative will be carried out in Eco Bistrot starting from 6:30PM. The workshop, mountain and agriculture, will represent an opportunity to the spirit and purpose of this special celebration and to enlighten constructive discussions between local authorities, confederations of farmers, environmental and tourism groups to better promote the mountain areas of the province of Salerno. [more]
A memorial ceremony for International Mountain Day 9 December 2014 On 11 December 2014 the Municipality of Dénia has prepared a memorial ceremony for International Mountain Day starting from 11:30AM. The event will take place in Dénia’s Plenary Room of the Town Hall. First, there will be the opening by the mayor. Second, a videoconference with Ms Sara Manuelli from the Mountain Partnership Secretariat will take place. Third, the councilman of Agenda 21 will intervene. Fourth, there will be remarks by the Vice President of the Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing and statements by Ms Director General of the Environment. Finally, the official statement will be read by the painter Jaime Costa Tur. [more]
IMD & ICIMOD 9 December 2014 ICIMOD and its partners in other countries are planning to celebrate International Mountain Day in different ways. ICIMOD-Afghanistan together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the National Protection Agency (NEPA) have planned a one-day policy dialogue on ‘Considering Mountain in National Policies’; discussions on ‘Mountain farming is family farming’; and a market where the thirty participants with present knowledge products. In addition, the ICIMOD Director General will give a message for the day. At the event there will be a ‘Family Farming’ photo exhibition and it will be possible to receive FAO materials. The Bhutan Media and Communication Institute, ICIMOD’s knowledge partner, in collaboration with Happy Green Cooperatives, have organized a seminars for farmers coming from the districts of Punakha and Thimphu. Participating to the conference will also be representatives from banks, ministries of agriculture and trade, marketing experts and middlemen. The aim of the seminar is to show the importance of farmers in society, inspire mountain farming and raise awareness on market opportunities and on benefits brought by organic, healthy food products. “International Mountain Day CN-ICIMOD Strategic Workshop” will be held on 11 December in Chengdu. Experiences and knowledge on the Hindu Kush Himalayan region will be shared among members of the Chinese Committee on ICIMOD and ICIMOD experts. It will also be discussed a what to improve the environment and the livelihood of mountain people. For more information on ICIMOD events for International Mountain Day, please visit the website. [more]
Third edition of the National Festival of Mountains 9 December 2014 The third edition of the National Festival of Mountains will take place in Bejaia, Algeria on 11-13 December 2014 to commemorate International Mountain Day. The event will be celebrated in four mountain communities of the Béjaïa Province and is organized by the Assirem Gourya and the Forest Conservation of the Béjaïa Province associations in collaboration with the Federation of Ski and Mountain Sports, under the theme of family farming. International Mountain Day celebrations aim at: exhibiting local products; organizing a contest to popularize local products to the general public; integrating tourism in the economy of mountainous areas; encouraging families to occupy public land in mountain areas for farming and livestock practicing; helping mountain farmers to market their products; fighting against poverty in rural areas; raising awareness on the Tree Numidia to the general public; protecting the Kabyle Nuthatch (endemic bird of the region) endangered by forest fires; encouraging rural communities by giving them fruit trees and teaching them the practice of farming in all its forms; promoting mountain sports: rock climbing, hiking, trekking canyon, etc. Photo: Flickr/Kamel Lebtahi [more]
Celebrating International Mountain Day 2014 in Myanmar 8 December 2014 The Myanmar Forest Department of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry will celebrate the International Mountain Day (IMD) throughout the mountain regions of Myanmar. The four Offices of the Director of the Forest Department based in the four different states: Kachin State, Kayah State, Chin State and Shan State which are mostly covered by mountains and forests, will hold the IMD activities on Thursday 11 December 2014 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM. For the celebrations of the IMD activities, the pamphlet, poster, video and photos uploaded on the IMD homepage will be used as well as more video shows, displays, resources relevant for each state. Photo: Flickr/Greg Walters [more]
The First Regional Meeting on: Morocco’s Mountain Areas 8 December 2014 For International Mountain Day the association AL HADAF Boulemane, with the support of the organization OXFAM NOVIB, has organized the first regional meeting on Morocco’s mountain areas, entitled “For a strong and committed civil action for Morocco’s mountain areas” as part of its advocacy program to improve the living conditions of people in mountainous areas in Morocco. The event will take place 12-14 December 2014 at the headquarters of the Association Boulemane Morocco. In this meeting, various representatives of civil society will participate as well as few representatives of social movements from the Middle Atlas region: Boulemane, Mermoucha, Sekoura, Ifrane, Azrou, Imouzzer Candar, Midelt, Khenifra, Mrirt, Sefrou, Oulmas, El hajeb, Khemisset, Ahermoumou, Tounfite, Tahla, Taza and others. Participants will also come from scientific research institutions, public institutions and media institutions. Participants are called to discuss certain questions and issues on Morocco’s mountain areas. The methodology of the meeting will be based on (Training/Action), the program of the meeting will include: - An opening conference with the participation of various representatives - Two training workshops on advocacy techniques - The preparation of a regional Memorandum on mountain areas [more]
Celebrating mountains in Atacama 5 December 2014 The Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, CONAF and SERNATUR Atacama have planned various activities for International Mountain Day. The first event will take place in Copiapó. CONAF and SERNATUR Atacama will conduct a tour and camp to the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park, so that the community can meet the attractions of the area and understand the importance of mountains in the Atacama’s Andes. For this day, Ricardo Santana Stange, CONAF’s Regional Director of said "International Mountain Day is an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of mountains for life, we need to bring closer these places to the community”. Daniel Diaz, director of SERNATUR Atacama, said “The community is very motivated to meet the mountains, on International Mountain Day”. In recent years mountain tourism is becoming increasingly important within the Atacama Region. About 18% of visitors in Atacama are foreigners, most of whom come specifically to see the Ojos del Salado, and so-called " Ruta de los Seismiles " which has 15 peaks over 6000 meters above sea level, including the Nevado Tres Cruces.The National Park Nevado Tres Cruces was created on 29 July 1994 and covers an area of 59,081 hectares. Its flora and fauna height that develops around the Andean wetlands in our region is protected.due to this, there is a need to protect natural areas of the Andes by promoting the importance of Atacama mountains with their bodies of water. The photographic exhibition will take place at the Regional Museum of Atacama on Wednesday 10 December. There will be a seminar at the JJ Vallejo hall on national and international experiences on Thursday 11. Expo Montaña which for the first time will feature indigenous communities on Friday 12. Finally, as closing of the celebrations, there will be a tour of the area on 13 and 14 December 2014. [more]
Producing raisin through the 5 December 2014 On 3 December 2014, the Municipality of Dénia has carried out the first International Mountain Day celebrations of the year. The event took place in the auditorium of Dénia where the International Mountain Day video by the Mountain Partnership was showed as well as another documentary related to the topic on the traditional cultivation of grapes. The latter will also be presented at the Valentia’s Council of Culture to describe the process of “escaldà” as cultural interest. Dénia’s territory has come together to prevent the extinction of the cultural heritage of escaldà and what it represents for architecture, landscape, traditions, economy and so on. Escaldà is the traditional cultivation of a variety of Roman Muscat grape, and the process of conversion into raisins. It is a fascinating topic. The video was prepared by EATIM of Jesus Pobre, a small town belonging to Dénia, Their economy depends on tourism, on their quality of landscapes and natural environment as well as on their gastronomy. [more]
IMD in Bangladesh 4 December 2014 Bangladesh’s Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs is preparing its second International Mountain Day national celebrations in association with FAO-Bangladesh, UNDP-CHTDF, ICIMOD, The Daily Star, ATN Bangla and Bangladesh Adventure Club. They are organizing a Rally from CHT Complex (proposed), near the Officers’ Club to CIRDAP via the National Press Club. In addition to this, there will be a seminar on “Mountains Farming” which will take place at the International Conference Centre, CIRDAP in Dhaka. [more]
IMD in Romania 4 December 2014 To celebrate International Mountain Day 2014 on 11 December, t he Romanian Mountain Forum (RMF) has organized at the headquarters of the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Bucharest, the XI Conference of the RMF. The conference develops around the theme "Mountain agriculture - family agriculture" and it will include a few speeches on various topics, including one by the Former Minister of Agriculture. Furthermore, at the conference the RMF has set up an exhibition for launching the "mountain agri-food product". Photo: Flickr/Sorin Mutu [more]
International Mountain Day observance event 4 December 2014 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) are joining together to host an observance event for International Mountain Day to be held at the United Nations (UN) in New York. The theme of the celebration will be “Perspectives on mountains and rural development in a post-2015 world” and will focus on mountain farms as a tribute to the International Year of Family Farming. Taking this opportunity to recognize the contributions of family farming in mountain regions, speakers from UN member states and MP representatives will highlight the opportunities mountains provide to local development, and act as a source of inspiration to respond to the challenges faced by mountain communities. Mountain Partnership Ambassador and mountaineer Jake Norton will present a short extract from his film, “Mount Kenya Water Tower”. Photo:Flickr/Mark Ittleman [more]
IMD in the Kyrgyz Republic 3 December 2014 The Central Asia Mountain Hub at the University of Central Asia (UCA) invites you to attend the annual observance of International Mountain Day (IMD) the 11 December 2014. The event will take place on 11 December, 2014 at UCA on 138, Toktogul st. Bishkek. This year, IMD is celebrated worldwide under the theme of Mountain Farming, for raising awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries. The event is being organized jointly by a group of active mountain stakeholders – Kyrgyz members of the Mountain Partnership. Asylkan and Saparbek Amanovs, a farmer family from Naryn will be one of the highlights of UCA’s event. Asylkan is a woman-farmer, who joined the ADI, which is a nationwide network of women’s self-help groups (WSHGs), and has starred this year as IMD’s face. She and other farmers from Alai and Naryn will share their stories on challenges of high altitude farming. Furthermore, a keynote presentation by the expert speaker of the day reviewing the current state of the seed sector in Kyrgyz Republic would be of a particular interest as maintaining seed quality and security remains a major concern for the farming sector development in Kyrgyzstan. The multi-stakeholder panel discussion following the presentation will validate the concerns and points discussed. There are bits and pieces for everyone to enjoy, even for our Bishkek residents –urbanites, including a practical session on window gardening led by members of the self-help groups. [more]
Family Life in the Wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory 3 December 2014 On Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 the Federal Institute for Less-Favored and Mountainous Areas in Vienna, Austria has planned “Family Life in the Wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory”, an event that will take place at 5PM in the institute’s ballroom to celebrate International Mountain Day. Manuela Zeitlhofer, an Austrian teacher, will present insights into her everyday life far from civilization and in the “wilderness” on the Yukon River in Canada through pictures, stories and texts. Manuela Zeitlhofer migrated to Canada eleven years ago from Pabneukirchen, in Northern Austria. In 2008, she followed her life partner far away from civilization on the Yukon River where he has been living for thirty years. Her first book “Everyday life in the wilderness of the Canadian Yukon Territory” was published in 2013. Currently, Manuela Zeitlhofer is visitinf Austria in view of presenting her second book “Family life in the wilderness - from childhood onwards”. Following the presentation, there will be celebrations of International Mountain Day with a small buffet and drinks. Everyone is welcomed to attend by registering at be appreciated.Photo: Flick/Aaron [more]
The mountains are calling - Mountain Deli 3 December 2014 What do a warden of an alpine hut, a chef of a self-service restaurant of a railway station and a mountain hay farmer have in common? They all operate innovative projects in the mountains. Claudia Drilling from the Jenatsch hut, Jürg Wirth from the railway station in Lavin, the Edy Epp of the canton of Uri and eight other people speak in a Pecha Kucha about their amazing “Business concepts” in the Alps. Pecha Kucha is a format with clear rules: speakers show 20 images for 20 seconds each for exactly a total of a 6 minutes and 40 seconds lecture. The Swiss Alpine Club has organized a conference which will take place on International Mountain Day, 11 December, at the Alpine Museum in Bern, Switzerland at 7PM. Lecturers that wish to participate to the seminar as lecturer, please contact no later than 8 December 2014. Pictures should be about a size of 1024 x 768 pixels in JPEG or PNG format. Pictures should be set up in a PowerPoint or be numbered when sent. Once you will receive an invitation, you will be able to send your pictures via Dropbox or by email. With regards to regular participants admission is 10 Swiss francs and there is bar service during the break. For all technical questions (photos, PowerPoint, etc.) please contact us at:Katharina Conradin,, 031 372 30 00For all organizational questions please contact Lucia Reinert,, 031 350 04 49. [more]
IMD in Iran 2 December 2014 Recycling is one of the ways through which the community and the environment can be improved. It saves money, energy, and natural resources. Climbers and mountaineers usually have a lot of have second hand equipment, especially climbing garments. Instead of throwing them away, the Mountaineering and Sport climbing Federation of Iran, the Alpine Club of Iran and other Mountaineering Clubs, have planned an auction festival to be held on 11 December, International Mountain Day. Old material will be auctioneered raising awareness among the population about the value of recycling. This is a non-profit festival and volunteers are welcomed to help the mountain protection programs in Iran. The auction is not for technical equipment. [more]
IMD in Turkey 1 December 2014 The General Directorate of Forestry of the Republic of Turkey is planning to celebrate International Mountain Day 2014 with a special conference which reunites various institutions. As a matter of fact, for this event Eco-Schools teachers and students, NGO representatives, academicians, institution representatives, FAO Ankara and our institution representatives will join. The conference will last from 9AM to 4PM. Here, speakers will give lectures on various topics related to mountains. [more]
Remembering life in Bario’s mountains 18 November 2014 Project WHEE! is organizing a social media campaign to commemorate International Mountain Day. Project WHEE! works very closely with the locals in Bario, a mountain community. Bario, Sarawak, Malaysia is located in the mountainous region of Borneo, bordering Kalimantan, Indonesia. Bario is made up of 13 villages inhabited predominantly by Kelabits, one of the smallest ethnic groups in Malaysia. Most of the people in Bario are involved in agriculture as it is their main economic activity. However, due to its isolation from the rest of the world, development is impeded and many Kelabits have migrated to urban areas for better education and job opportunities. For International Mountain Day, project WHEE! will engage the people who left Bario and ask them to share with the world their stories or experiences about agriculture and farming of when they were in Bario. These stories will be accompanied by a photo. The campaign will be held for 11 days, beginning from 1 December leading up to 11 December, International Mountain Day. Each day, a story along with a photo will be posted on project WHEE!’s Facebook page. [more]
IMD in Poland 17 November 2014 Klodzko Valley is situated in the eastern part of the Sudety Mountains. On International Mountain Day 2014, more than twenty mountain farmers from the valley will gather to celebrate this event. The event has been organized and sponsored by Mountain Elected People, which was established on 11 December 2002, the Snow Mountain Community Fund and the Association “ Wojtowice - back to the future ”. The event will take place in the agritouristic farm in Bielice, just a few meters from what used to be Polish-Czech border. Farmers – wives and husbands – will exchange opinions and experiences relative to mountain family farming and will taste various local dishes such as freshly baked bread, smoked ham, mountain trout, goose breast, pumpkin mousse, mirabellen distillate, cakes and more specialties prepared in Czech, German and Polish style. Photo: Flickr/leo siecle [more]
Mountain pictures to climb social networks 7 November 2014 Mountains will be in the foreground in the first half of December 2014 when the Municipality of Dénia in Spain holds a global photo contest on Instagram. “We love mountains and want the whole world to know how important they are,” said Vicente Chelet of Dénia, explaining that the contest will bring attention to mountains for International Mountain Day. “Mountains connect people and pictures speak a universal language, making Instagram, the top social network for photos, the ideal choice for the contest.” Designated International Mountain Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002, 11 December is an occasion to raise the public’s awareness that all of us rely on mountains, whether directly or indirectly. The observance is an occasion to build alliances that will bring positive changes to mountain peoples and environments around the world. With support from the Mountain Partnership Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Municipality of Dénia is organizing the digital photography contest featuring photos of mountain summits or landscapes and at least one person holding an International Mountain Day sign. All photographs should be taken with a mobile phone or tablet and posted on Instagram from 1 to 15 December 2014 using the hashtag #WeLoveMountains along with the geographic location. The pictures will appear automatically in the photo section of the WeLoveMountains website. Contest prizes will include a FAO publications and special ‘We Love Mountains’ t-shirts. Show your love for mountains and let’s make the hashtag soar for International Mountain Day. Contest rules in Catalan , English , French , German , Italian , Russian , Spanish . [more]
Promoting sustainable mountain development in Utah 4 November 2014 The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University (UVU) is preparing for International Mountain Day commemoration which will take place on 5 December 2014. In addition to hosting a workshop with focus on family farming in Utah and globally during that day, UIMF will summarize activities done by a coalition in sustainable mountain development advocacy during 2014. They will inaugurate the newly created organizing committee from UVU students, which will be responsible for hosting the Fourth International Women of the Mountains (WOM) conference in Orem, UT on 7-9 October 2015. Members of the organizing committee were able already to be engaged in several activities in that area: to discuss with Igor and Vesna Gruppman about contribution to WOM 2015 activities from Gruppman International Music Institute, a Mountain Partnership member since 2010; to inform Somini Sengupta , United Nations chief bureau of the New York Times, about activities at UVU with focus on SMD-advocacy and to invite her to present at the conference in 2015. UIMF members will also inaugurate during the WOM 2015 several projects at UVU with focus on green economy and climate change, like UVU Field Station at Capitol Reef National Park . [more]
3rd Meeting of the Mountain States 31 October 2014 This year the third Meeting of the Mountain States (MoMS) organized by Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) will take place in in New Delhi, India from 10 to 11 December, 2014. The MoMS takes place every year and serves as a forum for advocacy, especially with regards to mountain issues in the fields of policy making and mountain migration issues. Besides its usual function, this year’s MoMS has been widened and will focus on the International Mountainy Day theme of mountain family farming. At the meeting, there will be a discussion on best practices of mountain farming and on the challenges of its sustainability. Knowledge and experience sharing on mountain management, organic entrepreneurship among Himalayan farmers, policymaking on mountain issues and India’s role in climate change are only some of the topics that will be discussed at the Meeting. Participants will include the president and vice-president of the IMI and representatives from other organizations. Photo: Flickr/Swaminathan [more]
Fourth Pakistan Mountain Festival 15 October 2014 The Fourth Pakistan Mountain Festival will be organized by the Development Communications Network ( Devcom-Pakistan ) between 7 and 14 December, 2014, in Islamabad, Pakistan to mark the International Mountain Day (IMD). The festival will be carried out to achieve several objectives: to facilitate the making of policies for high mountain areas, to enhance the capacities of business to reduce poverty and support sustainable livelihoods and to understand best practices of different mountain realms. The festival will include a two-day conference on the IMD theme of the year, which is mountain farming, a mountain women's forum, a youth assembly, a mountain crafts’ bazar, kiosks to showcase agricultural and other mountain products and services as well as the work of development partners. Devcom-Pakistan is looking for partnerships and sponsors to make this festival a great success as it has been in the previous years. If you wish to pursue any further information about the festival, or are interested in taking part, please contact Director Devcom-Pakistan Munir Ahmed at . [more]
International Mountain Day: Ancient horizons 7 October 2014 On International Mountain Day, the Giraffa Impertinente, a non profit association based in Mentana, Rome, Italy, is organizing an event to celebrate International Mountain Day. The event will take place in the Sala Conferenze della Biblioteca Comunale, Mentana (RM) on 11 December starting from 4PM. The afternoon will be developed following a narrative thread which will define the local identities and cultures of a place, and more specifically of Mentana. It will then continue with an overview of the mountains that surround Mentana. Through extracts of the works of writers Lucretius, Horace and Federico Cesi, founder of the Accademia dei Lincei, who loved the mountains surrounding the town and all the traditions related to them. Finally, the event will focus on the topic of mountains globally, raising awareness on environmental issues. The Giraffa Impertinente’s aim is to communicate to the people of Mentana that their visual landscape is an integral part of their cultural identity, and that preserving their cultural identity can create sustainable development. Photo: Flickr/Yannick Carer [more]
Mountain life is our life 3 October 2014 MiratecArts is organizing its first international photo contest. The photo contest will be focused on the theme of mountains which is also the theme of the new arts festival in the Azores called Mountain Pico Festival taking place in January 2015. Landscape, culture and mountain life is what the organization intends to show. Finalists will take part in an exhibition on the island of Pico, Azores. The national winner will receive a prize that includes transport, accommodation and participation at the Mountain Pico Festival. The international winner will receive local transport, accommodation and support on the island of Pico as well as an opportunity to exhibit a solo collection. Furthermore, the festival will present films about mountains. Film submissions are now open to the public by following this link. The goal of the Mountain Pico Festival is to present films about mountain culture from nature, adventure, expeditions to stories set in mountain scenery. For further information on requirements, rules and regulations, please visit the websites. [more]
International Mountain Day in Costa Rica 3 October 2014 This year, International Mountain Day will be celebrated in the Bajo Zúñiga, which is in Piedades Norte in Costa Rica’s northwestern canton, San Ramón. The principal economic activity is vegetable picking. In recent years some poultry farms have been established also has a vegetable-packing enterprise, which distributes products to San Ramón’s shopping centers. For International Mountain Day, on 11 December, the National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica, FUNDECOR, the National System of Conservation Areas, the sub regions Grecia and San Ramón and the Costa Rica office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are organizing a walk in the mountains. The event will start at 9AM at the Salón Comunal of Bajo Zúñiga. The program includes speeches by special guests, a cultural event and a tour that will start from one of the farms and will go to the nearest mountain. To conclude the event, there will be a “peasant lunch” – in line with local ancestral traditions. Appropriate shoes for walking are advised. About 90 participants are expected, the majority of whom are organized groups. [more]
Mountains are a natural symphony 30 September 2014 The Municipality of Dénia is organizing the first urban Mountain Lover run. It will take place Sunday 14 December starting at 10AM in Calle Marqués de Campo, Dénia. Its length will be of 8.848m symbolizing the height of Mount Everest. The run is open to all and there is also an alternative walking path. It is possible to subscribe to the run through the SomEsport ’s website for only 5 euros which will be donated to a group of organizations working for development in Dénia. The revenue from the registration will go entirely to the Bureau in Dénia which is made up by Cáritas Interparroquial, Cruz Roja, Iglesia Evangélica Bautista La Trinitat and the Ejército de Salvación. The Municipality of Dénia, Diputació de Barcelona and the Mountain Partnership are also organizing an Instagram photo contest . Mountain lovers are invited to submit a photo with the #WeLoveMountains hashtag, addressed to @WeLoveMountains, showing the International Mountain Day sign, downloadable also on the website . The contest will take place from 1 to 15 December. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about the role of mountains and the importance of their protection. The 25 best photographers will be awarded with a WeLoveMountains t-shirt and a collection of FAO publications. [more]
A concert for the mountains of Greece 3 September 2014 The Hellenic-American Center of the Arts has organized a classical music concert to mark the International Mountain Day. The concert will take place on December 11, 2014 at 21:00, at the Parnassos Concert Hall Athens, Greece located on 8 St. George, Karytsi Sq., 10561. The program will include works by Panagiotis Karousos and the Hellenic Orchestra Ensemble conducted by Eledtherios Kalkanis. The concert represents an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the strengths and weaknesses in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. The concert is dedicated in particular to the mountains of Greece: Mount Olympus and Athos. Soloists: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass; Irini Konsta, soprano; Vanessa Kalkani, soprano; Antonios Giamvrias, flute; Efi Christodoulou, violin; Mirela Routsi, cello; Panagiotis Kamvisidis, tuba. [more]
IMD in Russia 16 May 2014 The Russian Institute of Geography will hold an event for International Mountain Day in the Russian Geographical Society’s headquarters on the 11th of December 2014. The key Russian stakeholders involved in the process of sustainable mountain development in the context of family mountain farming and agro-tourism will be invited. For the event the book “Mountain research in Northern Eurasia”, which is available in Russian with English summaries, will be presented. The publication “Mountain Farming is Family Farming” published by FAO and CDE in 2013 will also be presented. [more]
Rural Mountain Tourism:Preserving Culture and Heritage of Mountain Minorities and Indigenous People 16 May 2014 Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Cawangan Sabah in collaboration with the Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster of Universiti SainsMalaysia will be organising "The4th International Conference on Tourism Research (4ICTR) in conjunction withthe 3rd Rural Responsible Tourism Symposium and International MountainDay" from 8-11 December 2014 at The Pacific Sutera, SuteraHarbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Kinabalu Park, Ranau, Sabah. The conference theme will be “Rural MountainTourism: Preserving Culture and Heritage of Mountain Minorities and IndigenousPeoples” and at least 200-250 presenters and participants including academics,industry players as well as government officials are expected to join. The main objective of this programme is to provide aforum for research collaboration and to celebrate International Mountain Day atKinabalu Park - Malaysia's first World Heritage Site under UNESCO's"Natural Site" category since December 2000. [more]
SMD in Romania 4 April 2014 In the framework of IMD 2013, the Romanian Mountain Forum (RMF) organized two special events in Neamt (Durău) and Sibiu (Cristian), which attracted a broad audience. A national event was also held in the Aula Magna of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest. Two major projects were presented and approved by the scientific-academic society and the “pro-mountain” civil society: the "Multi-annual strategy for the development of the Romanian Carpathians, Horizon 2040" and the draft of a "Thematic subprogram for the mountain area, 2014 - 2020". The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania officially acknowledged the importance of the contribution of RMF to the National Program for Rural Development 2014-2020 and its project was appraised by the European Commission – DG AGRI as well. [more]
Why We Love Altai Mountains 19 March 2014 On December 11, 2013, in the Altai Republic of Russia, the local NGO and Mountain Partnership member Foundation for Sustainable Development of Altai (FSDA) celebrated International Mountain Day with an interregional conference, "Mountains: Key for a Sustainable Future," together with the Government of the Altai Republic, the Gorno-Altaisk State University (GASU) and other partners. FSDA jointly with GASU teachers and students produced "Why We Love Altai Mountains," a short video about the importance of the Altai Mountains - nature, ecosystems and forests. Follow the link to watch it: [more]
Video about IMD celebrations by We love mountains 17 February 2014 Follow the link to watch the video-summary of the activities put together by We love mountains in the framework of the International Mountain Day 2013: . The video clip enjoys a special voiceover by Ángeles Afuera, Archivist General of Cadena SER ( Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión), Spain 's premier radio network . [more]
UN Radio interviews to Thomas Hofer, MPS Coordinator 13 February 2014 On the occurrence of IMD, Mariana Castaño from UN Radio interviewed Thomas Hofer. They discussed the challenges affecting mountain people, with special emphasis on food security, climate change and political participation. [more]
Climate+Change 24 January 2014 "Climate+Change: a regional dialogue on the future" is a science and education exhibition held in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is an exhibition of human ingenuity and adaptation across the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Climate+Change is a forum for awareness and dialogue about change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region among members of the public, including farmers and businessmen, students and teachers, scientists and policy makers.It will be launched on 11 December and will be open until 13 April 2014 at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Free admission. Source: ICIMOD [ more ] [more]
Sustainable mountain development agenda in Argentina 22 January 2014 In conjunction with IMD, the Committee for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions of Argentina held its closing of the year meeting on 12 December. The Technical Secretariat of the Committee presented the report of the activities conducted throughout the year and also emphasized the importance of meetings and activities performed by the Technical Sub-Commitees for Projects, Training and Legislation. The focus was on the implementation of two projects funded by FAO-Telefood - respectively in the province of Salta and of Catamarca - and on introductory courses for capacity building. Foundacion Agreste, the coordinating agency of the Advisory Council of the Committee, outlined the activities undertaken by member organizations during 2013. The outcomes of the closing meeting of the project "Fortalecimiento de la Gestión Participativa para el Desarrollo Sustentable de los Andes", through which national assessments of the mountainous regions of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru were performed, were also presented. The project was led by the Mountain Partnership and was implemented through an FAO Technical Cooperation Programme, whose results will be collected into a publication soon. A regional meeting is foreseen in 2014, in which also Venezuela will participate, with the main objective of strengthening the Andean Initiative signed in 2007. Silvia Révora, Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Affairs of Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, expressed satisfaction with the progress and results of the Committee and the Advisory Council. She concluded by calling for the establishment of closer ties to mountain people and the strengthening of the coordination with provincial governments and local authorities in 2014. [more]
The importance of mountains in the words of the Prime Minister of Madagascar 21 January 2014 Omer Beriziky, Chef du Gouvernement Malgache, à l’occasion de la JIM a declaré que « 50 % du territoire malgache sont montagneux et jouent un rôle de château d’eau pour l’eau potable et l’irrigation de la riziculture, principale activité économique du pays. Les forêts, lieu de concentration de la biodiversité malgache, se trouvent de plus en plus cantonnées dans les régions en altitude, sous la pression de l’agriculture itinérante sur brûlis, l’extension de la riziculture et les feux annuels de végétation. Les régions de montagne malgaches abritent des populations ayant su préserver leurs richesses et leurs valeurs culturelles. (…) Les montagnes fournissent l’essentiel de l’eau douce de la planète, renferme une variété étonnante de plantes et d’animaux, et abritent plus d’un habitant de la planète sur dix » . [more]
IMD multifaceted activities in Cameroon 21 January 2014 In Cameroon, a week of cultural activities was devoted to IMD, from 4 to 11 December. Three types of initiatives were implemented, namely an interview with the newspaper "la Météo" on IMD; a conference with the leaders of RENASONGCAM local branches to present the work done in Erzurum at the 4th Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership; and educational activities in the field. The latter took place in CAMPO - KRIBI in southern Cameroon; in the town of EBEBEDA, Central Region; and in Lassing, where the closing ceremony of the 10th IMD organized by RENASONGCAM was held. [more]
Climbing Haputale mountain range, Sri Lanka 21 January 2014 IMD was celebrated on top of Haputale's mountains at 1750 meters above sea level on 8 December with the participation of more than 100 climbers. The event was organized by Prabhawa Organization for the 4th year in a row. The mayor of Haputale officially opened the ceremony, attended also by the Deputy Chairman Sampath Lamahewa, Honorary Councillors, Doctors, Department Heads of Governmental bodies, members of various organizations and a large number of students and climbers. Indigenous food was served, such as Kenda kola leaves with freshly brewed tea in a coconut shell. Participants enjoyed both recommendations from doctors about daily life health and safety measures and recreational activities. [more]
SMD Agenda in the Republic of Guinea 21 January 2014 The Mountain Team of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests of the Republic of Guinea, Focal Point to the Mountain Partnership, organized a roundtable with civil society members in Conakry on the theme: "Mountains, key to a sustainable future". Emphasis was placed on the importance of mountain ecosystems for the survival of humanity on Earth and the involvement of different stakeholders from mountain municipalities, civil society (NGOs, universities and research institutes) and private sector to support sustainable mountain development in Guinea. Several follow up meetings with key actors are planned for 2014 and will result in the establishment of a National Committee for the Sustainable Development of Mountains in the Republic of Guinea. [more]
Pakistan – Tribute to the legends of the mountains 21 January 2014 Several organization in Pakistan took action to celebrate the IMD. Adventure Academy, Explore Pakistan (eP), Progetto Seed, Alpine Club of Pakistan, The Adventure Club, Pakistan Alpine Institute and Mountain Wilderness Pakistan were among the most active agents. The events organized included a Mountain Hike at Trail 5, Margallah Hills, Islamabad; a tribute to the most famous Pakistani mountaineer like Sir Nazir Sabir and Hassan Sadpara, who climbed the highest peaks of the world; a Photo Exhibition on K2, and a Live Art Competition with Live Mountain Music at Nust H12 Campus, Islamabad. [more]
Rights and Policies for Mountains in Iran 20 January 2014 The conference Rights and Policies for Mountains was held by the Mountain Environment Protection Society (MEPS) in Tehran on 16 December 2013, as a simultaneous celebration of IMD and the 20th anniversary of MEPS. High ranking officers, parliament members, mountain environment experts, academia and NGO representatives and mountain lovers attended it. Abdollah Ashtari, Managing Directior of MEPS, opened the conference looking back at the two decades of MEPS activities for promoting the mountain agenda in Iran. The video message on IMD by the FAO Deputy Director General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo was also shown. Keykha, Vice President of the Department of Environment, Noureddin Mona, FAO Rep in Iran and Murali, UNDP Deputy Resident Rep in Iran were among the speakers. The documentary 20 Years of Commitment showing MEPS activities and achievements was screened. Bruno Messerli, distinguished mountain expert and former Director of Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland, delivered his presentation Why Mountains Matter, pointing out the advancement of mountain issues since the 70s. The conference was closed by a panel discussion on the need for mountain rights and policies and a Mountain Declaration with suggestions for creating mountain legal structures in Iran was issued. Source: MEPS [more]
Joint IMD celebrations in Costa Rica 17 January 2014 On the occasion of IMD, Costa Rica´s National Meteorological Institute from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy brought together different local actors from the public and private sector to share the message of mutual responsibility in mountain conservation and sustainable development. The event took place in “Paradero Turístico–Monte de la Cruz”, a sightseeing spot in Braulio Carrillo National Park. During the event, targeted specifically to organized ecological groups, information material was shared. The Governor of San Rafael de Heredia confirmed the support of the local government to environmental issues and highlighted the creation of a meeting space, available for qualified ecological event such as IMD 2013. The representative of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range Conservation Area raised concerns on the poverty conditions of towns close to Braulio Carrillo National Park. The representative of Heredia Public Services Enterprise shared his views on landowners strategy used by private enterprises to support mountains conservation and protect water fonts (payment for environmental services), which are essential for their hydroelectrical project lending power to Heredia’s citizens. FUNDECOR, a new MP member, sponsored through Facebook and Twitter the initiative WeLoveMountains promoted by Denia and Barcelona´s local governments, encouraging all mountain lovers to climb up their closest mountain and raise the IMD flag. The Olympic athlete Pep Sánchez gifted FUNDECOR with a Flag as a sign of union between Barcelona´s and Costa Rica´s Mountains. FUNDECOR also fostered a learning activity called Ecosystems Fragility. The FAO Rep in Costa Rica, José Emilio Suadi, declared: “Reconciling development and conservation of mountain ecosystems is imperative. One tenth of humanity receives its sustenance directly from the mountains. Mountains are important not only for those who live there, but also for million people living in the lowlands”. Source: NMI, Costa R... [more]
My Mountain, My Home 15 January 2014 To celebrate IMD 2013, CHIESA Project held an art exhibition featuring drawings by students from selected primary schools in Kenya and Tanzania. The competition inspired 269 submissions of artwork from 10 primary and secondary schools in Taita Hills, Kenya and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, from which 35 drawings were chosen as winning entries. The best artworks will be displayed in Malta, Finland and the UK in May-August 2014, and anyway none of the pieces will go to waste. Out of the remaining pool of art, three more drawings from each school will be selected for an auction to be held at ICIPE Kenya in February 2014, and proceeds will be used to purchase indigenous tree saplings for planting at participating schools. CHIESA will involve students and teachers in the tree planting ceremonies, and incorporate activities of awareness creation on the role of forests in carbon sequestration, provision of habitats for various species and sustenance of important ecosystem services. Source: CHIESA [more]
IMD in Uganda 15 January 2014 The Ministry of Water and Environment, in partnership with the Local governments of the Mount Elgon Ecosystem, FAO, and UNDP organized a one day event to celebrate IMD in Uganda. Ms Flavia Nabugere Munaaba, Minister for the Environment, emphasized Uganda’s commitment to address problems of hilly and mountainous areas and ensure resources sustainability for the present and future generations. She used the occasion to launch the Vulnerability Impact Assessment (VIA) Report, developed under the UNDP Ecosystem Based Adaptation Program. The FAO Rep, Mr Alhaji M. Jallow, highlighted the need for more concerted efforts in targeting mountain communities, whose challenges are exacerbated by the effects of climate change on their livelihoods, and especially women who have limited access to education and health and therefore are more vulnerable. He called on members to examine how existing policies can be used to promote conservation and sustainable use of increasing scarce resources in mountains, and to promote initiatives for transboundary cooperation and sustainable mountain development at all levels. The UNDP Country Director, Ms Alhaz Gebru, reaffirmed the benefits derived from the mountains and emphasized the importance of an ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change. Notable contributors to the discussion were the Executive Director of the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS), the Chairman of the Mt. Elgon Stakeholder’s Forum and the Resident District Commissioner – Sironko District, representatives from south west mountain areas of Uganda, and other senior technical governmental officials and representatives of development partners and civil society. The event ended with a panel discussion aired by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Television Network among Mr Paul Mafabi, Director of Environment Affairs, Mr Hussein Kato Matanda, Resident District Commissioner - Sironko and Mr Joseph Katswera, District Natural Resources Officer – Kasese. Source: FAO Uganda [more]

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