News 2013

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]
Tunisian Mountains: How to preserve them for a sustainable future 19 December 2013 On the occasion of the International Mountain Day, the Tunisian Association "Heritage & Environment", in partnership with the Department of Forests, Ministry of Agriculture, organizes a one day reflection on mountains and forests at Boukornine National Park on 21 December. Participants will meet at the Eco Museum of Boukornine, from where the hike will start. Once back, the programme foresees the tour of the museum and a workshop on the theme “Tunisian Mountains: How to preserve them for a sustainable future". To follow, an open discussion among economic operators, NGOs and associations, press and media agents. Finally, the event will end with the endorsement from the participants of a "Charter of The Mountain". [more]
Mountain products fair in Vienna 19 December 2013 This year the Federal Institute for Less-Favoured and Mountainous Areas, Vienna, Austria, celebrated the International Mountain Day with a participative event focusing on mountain products. Under the title: “Capturing mountain products by our senses – the designation of mountain products”, the recognition of mountain products in the range of our food products was highlighted. The opening and a short introduction addressed the IMD 2013 theme presenting mountain development as a key aspect to a sustainable future. The key-note presentation by Michael Groier analyzed the situation of the labeling of mountains products and providing practical examples of products in Austria and showing potential future benefits of the designation of mountain products. All participants were asked to bring one or two mountain products of their choice to be tasted and commented after the presentation. This buffet of products from mountains all over Austria (and beyond) contributed to fruitful exchanges. Source: Gerhard Hovorka, Federal Institute for Less-Favoured and Mountainous Areas [more]
Murals on mountains by Vilanova de Sau School 19 December 2013 The pupils of Vilanova de Sau School in the province of Barcelona, Spain celebrated IMD by drawing two murals to decorate the entry of the Espai Natural in Vilanova de Sau. The school is attended by students of different ages ranging from kindergarten to primary school. Each child provided his inputs and point of view on the theme of mountains. Two groups were formed; the larger painted with great enthusiasm and dedication a mural of the Sau, while younger children made ​​a second mural with animals, mountains, trees, flowers and much more. Technicians working in this office will now be able to enjoy a colorful and joyful view of mountains through the eyes of a child. [more]
National Mountain Festival in Tizi N Berbier 19 December 2013 On the occasion of IMD, the Association Assirem Gouraya and Forest Conservation Bejaia organized a symbolic reforestation planting 150 saplings in Berber Tizi N, with the participation of the Association of Mental Misfits Bejaia and students of the School Primary Iwrissen Berber Tizi N. The event benefited from the presence of atleths from a delegation of the Algerian Ski and Mountain Sports Federation led by its President Mr Amar Kaddouche, as well as a delegation from PCA Berber Tizi N led by Mr Mouhli Louenas. More than 150 children from two c hildren's mental health centers joined the celebrations. Several activities were planned from 10 to 14 December, among which a two-day mountain hiking, exhibitions, video screenings, conferences and expositions of local products. Rural women of Berber Tizi N have been the subject of special attention and gifts such as sewing machines, courtesy of the Association of the Hands of the Wali. The two-day mountain hiking attracted more than 300 participants ranging from 11 to 70 years. On the last day, the Association organized a friendly initiation to climbing for young climbers at the waterfall Tamda Ougres and new avenues for climbing were opened. [more]
Only mountains can be better than mountains 19 December 2013 The Interregional Conference “Mountains – Key to Sustainable Future”, held on December 11 in the Altai Republic of the Russian Federation, was co-organized by the Government and the MP member “Foundation for Sustainable Development of Altai” (FSDA). Alexandr Alchubaev, Minister of Economic Development and Investments of the Altai Republic, discussed the national, regional and local programmes related to SMD. The representatives of Bourges Nature Park from France and the Altai Ministry of Tourism and Entrepreneurship suggested the creation of the first Geopark in the Altai Republic and Russia. The representative of the Altai Ministry of Agriculture presented the programme for the sustainable development of rural areas. Finally, 2013 results and outcomes of the Altai-Sayan mountain partnership were presented. During the conference participants and organizers applauded the team of 4 students who won the youth-brain ring “Sustainable development of mountain areas”, announced in Novemeber 2013 by the Altai republic (photo). Several other events took place around the Altai Republic, among which the photo contest “Altai Mountains through children eyes”, the training-workshop “Climate change and its consequence in the Altai-Sayan ecoregion” and the international photo-contest “Only mountains can be better than mountains” dedicated to IMD. All Mountain Partnership members are welcome to participate in the contest, more information are available at and . [more]
Award ceremony of the IMD school contest in Gurgaon, India 19 December 2013 Winners of the school contest organized by betterkids to mark IMD have been selected among more than 200 entries. Three works were awarded for each of the three available categories – mountain picture, mountain collage and short story – according to the grade attended by the pupils. (Full list is available at: ). Following is the winning short story for group 5-6 grade, called “Mighty Mountains, the Protectors of Earth”. Once upon a time, hundreds of years ago, people living in the plains were going through a famine. It had not rained for several months. The land was getting very dry and had cracks in it. There was no vegetation for the animals and human beings to feed on. Everyone was dying. The mighty Himalayan Mountains had been watching the misery and decided to help. They blocked the clouds passing by and trapped them so they were forced to shed the water as rainfall. It rained like never before saving the lives of people and animals. [more]
“Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas” in Turkey 19 December 2013 The Association for Sustainability and Governance of Mountainous Areas held the meeting “Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas” within the framework of the International Mountain Day at Dokuz Eylül University on 11 December 2013. During the event, an opening speech was delivered by Prof Dr Zerrin Toprak, Chairman of the Association. Mountain issues such as rural tourism and participation mechanisms in the management of mountain areas were discussed by Prof Dr Barbaros Gönençgil, Turkish Geographical Society Focal Point, Istanbul University, Prof Dr Füsun Baykal, Ege University, Assist Prof Gökhan Tenikler, Dokuz Eylül University, Research Assist Hulusi Eldem, Usak University, Forest Professional Engineer Mehmet Erol and Sebahattin Bilge, İzmir Regional Directorate of Forestry. [more]
Workshop on Mountain Development in the Yangtze River Basin 18 December 2013 In order to celebrate IMD 2013, the secretariat of CNICIMOD and Yangtze River Research Branch of GSC jointly organized a workshop in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China on December 10-14th. The event was also an opportunity to create a platform for exchanging knowledge on mountain development in the Yangtze River basin and summarize the work of CNICIMOD. Around 60 experts from ICIMOD, domestic research institutes and universities attended the workshop, so that a full discussion took place and recommendations were formulated on the following key subjects: mountain development and capacity building; mountain ecological and environmental protection; mountain disasters and security; natural, social and economic harmonious development of mountains and plateaus. [more]
Crossing borders and pushing limits 18 December 2013 On the occasion of the IMD, the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention organized an event on the topic "crossing borders and pushing limits" at the Alpenverein-Museum (Hofburg, Innsbruck). Vanessa Francois, paraplegic after a mountain accident, showed how to cross personal borders. Just three years after the accident, she managed to climb the Big Wall at El Capitan, Yosemite National Park simply with arm power only. The following panel discussion addressed themes as rich and diverse as the different personalities taking part in it. To name but one, the difference between growth and development. Every human stop to grow at one point in life, but the individual development continues. This development is important because it concentrates on quality, not on quantity. Mr Markus Reiterer, President of the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, closed the evening by stating that “it’s hard to say in advance if it’s good for us to cross a border and if we’ll manage to, but borders will always be defined by our desire to cross them.” Source: Taja Ferjančič, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention [more]
Seven facets of sustainable mountain development in Bolivia 18 December 2013 The Bolivian Mountain Institute (BMI) organized a round of experts talk named “Seven facets of sustainable mountain development in Bolivia” to celebrate International Mountain Day 2013. Speeches by Bolivian and international mountain experts covered topics ranging from climate change and glaciers, to biodiversity, mountain peasants, migration and basic concepts of sustainable mountain development. The more than 30 participants agreed on the need to get politicians and the general public more involved in mountain issues, in order to be successful in implementing strategies for sustainable mountain development. Source: Dirk Hoffmann, BMI [more]
Schools in Uttarakhand celebrated IMD 18 December 2013 CEE Himalaya celebrated IMD 2013 on 11 December with students and teachers in Uttarkashi, a small Himalayan town. More than 500 students and 32 teachers from 17 schools along with 46 others participants gathered at a local school to celebrate the day. The programme included talks and sharing of thoughts by local experts on mountain issues followed by number of activities for students to help them understanding ‘Mountains as a key to sustainable future’. Local experts highlighed the challenges faced by mountain communities and stressed the importance of mountains globally because of the priceless ecological services they offer to the world. The need for an appropriate development - which is sustainable and helps people coping with climate change threats as well as natural disasters - were also addressed. Children were given the message of keeping mountains in good health condition through enhancing green cover, taking care of water sources and rivers, and valuing local plants, food and culture which is unique and sustainable. Some of the activities in which the students participated enthusiastically were Storytelling, Slogan writing, Group Discussion, Extempore speech, Chart Making and Quiz structured around the theme of IMD 2013. They worked individually as well as in groups and were felicitated for their innovativeness and creativity. [more]
IMD at Bingöl University, Turkey 18 December 2013 Bingöl University Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Centre celebrated International Mountain Day. Assoc Prof Dr Alaaddin Yüksel, focal point to the Mountain Partnership, delivered a speech emphasizing the meaning and significance of the Day and praised the qualities of the beautiful mountains surrounding Bingöl. After him, Assoc Prof Dr Ali Rıza Demirkiran presented the natural and beneficial features of mountains. Finally, a flute recital was performed and videos about Bingöl and the Murat River Watershed Project were shown. [more]
Survey on Brazilian mountains 18 December 2013 To celebrate the International Mountain Day 2013, Montanha Brazil has launched a survey on the perception of and interest in Brazilian mountains.The survey is accessible through the following link: and more info are available at: [more]
Why the Andes are so important to the Andean region 16 December 2013 The IMD celebrations in Chile featured the participation of Waldemar Coutts, Director of the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rodrigo Gijón, from the Protected Areas Department of the Ministry of Environment and Hivy Ortiz, from FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, among others. On the occasion of IMD, FAO highlighted the importance and strategic value of the Andes for the countries they encompasses. Read more on the official page of FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean: [more]
Argentina calls for mountain development that that takes into account the needs of mountain communities 16 December 2013 The Government of Argentina, with the support of FAO and the Mountain Partnership, hosted the IMD celebrations at its Permanent Representation to the UN. Speakers included representatives of Argentina, Italy, Kenya, Peru, Spain, Turkey, the Director of the FAO-LONY office and a representative of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat. It was an occasion to stress the need to engage and actively involve mountain population, including indigenous communities, in the design of sustainable and effective policies. "It is a paradox that 25 percent of the world population lives in the mountains, but still only few countries have policies that address the specific needs of these regions and their inhabitants," said Maria Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, while inaugurating the working lunch in NYC. The event was attended by representatives from more than twenty countries including Italy, Kenya, Spain, Peru, Turkey and Uganda. The full news article from the Argentinean Permanent Mission to the UN in Spanish is available at : . Photos of the event can be viewed on their Flickr account: [more]
Presentation of a new study on Peruvian watersheds 16 December 2013 As part of the IMD celebration, the National Agrarian University La Molina hosted the presentation of a study by its students on Peruvian watershed chaired by Professor Juan Torres. In 1994, Professor Lawrence Chang, together with Professor Mirella Gallardo, published a literature review on watersheds in Peru. Twenty years later, in 2013, a group of students from the Master in Integrated Watershed Management undertook the same study to capture what happened between 1994 and 2013. [more]
Best ICIMOD Mountain Film Award to 16 December 2013 As part of ICIMOD’s 30th Anniversary celebration and to support filmmakers from the ICIMOD member countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, a best ICIMOD Mountain Film Award has been given away at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) , organized by the Himal Association in the framework of IMD celebrations from 11-15 December 2013 at the City Hall in Kathmandu. The ICIMOD award was assigned to Centimetres, a Bhutanese film directed by Tshering Gyelsthen and Peter Burgh. [more]
“Mountain Festival” in Pakistan 16 December 2013 The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrated IMD 2013 in collaboration with Mountain & Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO), IUCN, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), and Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) on 12th December 2013 at the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), in Islamabad, Pakistan. A one day “Mountain Festival” brought together several organizations, youth groups, and academia people working in the mountainous regions of Pakistan. A half day seminar discussed the importance of IMD, mountain resources and challenges faced by local communities. The “Educators School System” students’ performance also highlighted Mountain Issue. In parallel to the half day seminar an exhibition was organized. Products, heritage, research work and best practices from mountains contributing towards green economy were showcased. The event was meant to provide a networking platform for mountain communities, youth and organizations working in the areas of Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Baluchistan. [more]
Panel discussion in Kyrgyzstan on 12 December 2013 IMD observance in Kyrgyzstan was committed to exploring an in-country process for joining the SDGs replacing the MDGs. A panel discussion was organized by the Rural Development Fund, MP member since 2011, with the support of the MP Central Asia Hub at MSRI/UCA. Participants discussed the country’s progress in sustainability and integrating mountains into the development processes with five guest panelists representing different expertise backgrounds – rural farmer, research, NGO, environmentalist and education. Ms Lubov Ten, Adviser to the Kyrgyz Economy Ministry, shared the perspectives and challenges of Kyrgyzstan to implement the National Strategy for sustainable development. Participants had an opportunity to learn firsthand the current state of the country’s economy and its capacity for embracing the global process of developing the SDGs. A policy brief upon the panel discussion inputs and recommendations will be disseminated. Aigine Culture and Research Centre added a cultural input, presenting the ‘En Belgi’ unique methodology for teaching ‘komuz’, the Kyrgyz national musical instrument. Schoolchildren demonstrated their musical skills by playing komuz and singing songs about the beauty of mountains. A Partnership Fair on SMD and a Mountain Product Fair were also organized. ‘We’re happy to notice that IMD observance is becoming more than our “professional” celebration day: everyone greets each other and assess the milestones we reached. It has been the 4th year that all of us gather together for the IMD celebration. It has been our intent to bring a new format and innovation for each of these events and we’re really happy that this year’s Panel Discussion and Partnership Fair along with the Mountain Products Fair came to success. IMD celebration in Kyrgyzstan was a success thanks to all MP members engagement’, - said Elbegzaya Batjargal, coordinator of the MP Central Asia Hub at MSRI/UCA. Source: Alma Karsymbek, MPS-Decentralized Hub for Central Asia... [more]
Food Revolution 12 December 2013 On December 10, 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the Agency for Development Initiatives (ADI) with support from the MP Central Asia Hub hosted by the MSRI/UCA and jointly with UN World Food Programme, has organized the IMD event ‘Food Revolution’. The event revolutionizing the dietary preferences was aimed at addressing effectively the nutrition and health issues thus bringing much needed changes in public mindsets and practices. ‘Nutrition has become an urgent topic, especially in mountain rural areas of Kyrgyzstan. It is really a paradox – our mountainous country is perfect for farming and producing locally healthy food products, and still, there is a dangerous rise of diseases caused by malnutrition, with the highest numbers among women and children. It is not because people are not eating enough it is because their dietary habits should be changed. We’d like to demonstrate that one can be healthy consuming affordable locally grown products and we’d like to promote the knowledge about healthy nutrition in mountain communities through trainings”, says Aida Jamangulova, ADI program coordinator. During the event the training manual ‘My green basket’ has been presented – developed by ADI, with support of the MP. It will be used for trainings, which ADI is planning to conduct in rural areas, within its projects, supported by UNWFP. The programme also included cooking master classes, where participants learned how to cook healthy dishes using affordable local products. Another MP member, Public Foundation Rural Development Fund, has organized a poster exhibition on traditional nomad cuisine and organized a master class on cooking ‘kuurma chai’ – a drink of nomads, based on ancient recipe for breastfeeding young women and children. Full photo report: . Source: Alma Karsymbek, MPS-Decentralized Hub for Central Asia and UCA [more]
MP members in North America join forces to celebrate IMD 11 December 2013 The fourth IMD celebration at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem, Utah has been transformed into a week-long regional gathering with the contribution of several members of the Mountain Partnership (MP) from North America under the leadership of Aspen International Foundation (AIMF), CO and The Mountain Institute, Washington, DC, members of the Steering Committee of the MP. Other contributing MP members included ACCELS, Washington, DC, Gruppman International Music Institute, UT, Help International, UT, City of Orem, UT, and Salt Lake City, UT, and Vista 360, WY. As is traditional, the Utah International Mountain Forum, a coalition of student clubs at UVU, hosted the celebration. During December 5 and 6 MP members commemorated the late Dr. Jane Pratt, a prominent scholar and leader in the promotion of the mountain cause, and discussed how to ensure the inclusion of the mountain agenda in the global UN development agenda after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. On December 7, Vista 360 hosted a trunk show in Salt Lake City with souvenirs and handicrafts from the mountainous nations of Central Asia. On December 11, UVU hosted prominent Utah ophthalmologist and famous mountaineer, Dr. Geoffrey Tabin for his lecture, entitled, “Impossible Dreams: Everest and Eradicating World Blindness.” Dr. Tabin then held a book signing for Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives , which he co-authored with Sanduk Ruit, chronicling the Himalayan Cataract Project for sustainable eye care infrastructure in the Himalayas. For more information: [more]
FAO calls for increased support for mountain family farming 11 December 2013 11 December 2013, Rome - Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) said today. Read the full press release from FAO at: [more]
Mountain Farming publication launched on International Mountain Day 11 December 2013 To mark the UN International Mountain Day, a new FAO publication, Mountain Farming is Family Farming, has been launched today. The publication is a contribution from mountain areas to the International Year of Family Farming 2014. Featuring 25 case studies from across the world, it gives an overview of the global changes affecting mountain farming and the strategies that mountain communities have developed to cope. Mountain Farming is Family Farming also presents a series of lessons and recommendations for policy makers, development experts and academics who work to support mountain farmers and to protect mountains. The publication has been published by FAO, the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern and the Centre for Development Research of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. It was supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the World Bank through the Development Grant Facility. Read more . Download the publication: [more]
Mountain Partnership Secretariat to celebrate International Mountain Day 11 December 2013 The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS), the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD) in New York, USA, on 11 December. The event will include the launch of a publication, ‘Mountain Farming is Family Farming’, which is the result of a collaborative effort undertaken by several MP members from around the world. The event will present an opportunity to move forward the campaign to ensure mountains are included in the sustainable development goals that will go into effect in 2015. Ambassador María Cristina Perceval of Argentina and Rosalaura Romeo, MPS Officer, will highlight for MP members and the international community why mountains matter to us all. [more]
10 December 2013 “Greece from the Top” – organized by the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) in collaboration with the N.T.U.A Metsovion Interdisciplinary Research Center (M.I.R.C) - is a call to the social networks users for sharing photos from Greek mountains (landscapes, environments, culture, monuments, tradition, sports activities etc) through their Facebook and Pinterest accounts. The action is running this week, 9-15 December, and the most “liked” photo on Visit Greece Facebook (till 15:00 15/12) will win a coffee table book titled “GREECE the land of Diversity”, by N. Petrou & the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. [more]
Second IMD celebration in Costa Rica 10 December 2013 The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional of Costa Rica in partnership with FUNDECOR and the Área de Conservación Cordillera Volcánica Central, subregión Heredia is celebrating IMD in the San Rafael de Heredia Mountains, 11-12 December. Jose Emilio Suadi, FAO Representative in Costa Rica, will deliver a speech on the theme “Reconciling conservation development and community benefits in mountain ecosystems”. [more]
Photographic Exhibition on the IMD theme 10 December 2013 Photographic Exhibition "Mountains: Key to a Sustainable Future" by the Mountain Geography group – Geo Andes, from 11 to 20 December 2013, Bogotá, D.C. Event Link: [more]
Alternatives to the exploitation of Oak timber 10 December 2013 Sharing knowledge about alternatives to the exploitation of Oak timber (Quercus humboldtii) fruit orchards in the cold climate of the Colombian Massif, organised by the ONF Andina, Regional Autonomous Corporation of Alto Magdalena (CAM), in Municipio de Palestina - Huila. [more]
Knowledge exchange about the southern Colombian Massif 10 December 2013 Meeting to exchange experiences and knowledge about the southern Colombian Massif on the occasion of International Mountain Day . Organised by the GEF project “Mosaics preservation”, SIRAP Massif , Mosaic Conservation - Natural and Volcanic National Park Doña Juana Cascabel, Corponariño and Mayunka Foundation, on 13 and 14 December in the Municipality of La Cruz, Narino. [more]
Forum on 10 December 2013 The video forum will be followed by a series of presentations and papers and the closing ceremony will feature a symbolic ritual with indigenous and spiritual authorities - mamos - of the Ariguaní river, town of Simonorwa, to heal the land and the mountains. Organized by the Development Program for Peace-DPP Cesar in the Auditorium of the University Foundation of the Andean Area, Valledupar. [more]
Permanent Forum on “Impacts on mountain ecosystems in the basin of river Chinchiná 10 December 2013 A video on the moorlands will be presented and followed by a conference and a panel of experts. At the closing, a symbolic ritual ceremony with the indigenous community Embera-Chami from San Lorenzo, Municipality of Río Sucio, Caldas will take place. Organized by the partner institutions of the intersectorial project “Pacts for the Chinchiná River Basin” in the Botanical Gardens Auditorium, University of Caldas, Manizales. [more]
Meeting on Sustainable Mountain Area Management in Izmir, Turkey 10 December 2013 Sustainable Mountain Area Management meeting will be held on 11 December 2013 at 13:30 pm at the Dokuz Eylül University in the İzmir Province. The event will feature the participation of main speakers such as Mr Prof Dr Mehmet Füzün- DEU Dean and Ms Prof Dr Zerrin Toprak Karaman from the Mountain Partnership Turkish Group and Chairman of the Association for the Sustainability and the Governance of Mountainous Areas. The event is open to all the Turkish stakeholders. [more]
Siete facetas del desarrollo sostenible en las montañas de Bolivia 9 December 2013 El Instituto Boliviano de la Montaña (BMI) organiza una ronda de exposiciones de expertos sobre el tema “Siete facetas del desarrollo sostenible en las montañas de Bolivia” en el “Auditorium” en La Paz, el día miércoles 11 de diciembre de 2013 a horas 19:00. El evento es organizado con el apoyo financiero del Fondo Clima de Alemania, manejado a través de la Embajada Alemana en La Paz. El ingreso es libre y será oferto un vino de honor. [more]
Open Day at Alpenverein Museum 9 December 2013 The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is organizing an “open day” event at the Alpenverein Museum in Hofburg, Innsbruck. Vanessa François, a woman who had become paraplegic after a mountain accident, will deliver a presentation at 17.30 pm. To follow, five guests and the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention will animate a panel discussion on the topic "crossing borders and pushing limits”. Ms Lissie Rettenwander will also entertain the public with her music. [more]
Trekking, Camping and MTB challenge in the mark of IMD 2013 4 December 2013 MoCHTA in association with Bandarban Hill District Council, FAO-Bangladesh, UNDP-CHTDP, ILO and Bangladesh Adventure Club is organizing an adventure challenge on the occasion of International Mountain Day. The Trekking, Camping and MTB challenge, which will take place on 13th and 14th December, will contribute significantly to raise funds for people living in the hills and highland conservation. The format has been chosen to target also the youth community and make them aware of the key contribution of mountains to our lives. [more]
Mountains in Montana: Recreation Resource & Risk 4 December 2013 The second International Mountain Day celebration to be held at Emerson Cultural Center of Montana State University on 11 December will showcase world class Mountain Exhibitors in a fair. To follow, Crawford Theater will be the venue to be exposed to inspiring and thought-provoking presentations focused on New Discoveries in Snow Science as well as Avalanche Forecasting and Awareness. The event will feature Dr. Jordy Hendrikx, Dr. Ed Adams, and Doug Chabot as special guest speakers. [more]
Climb your local mountain 3 December 2013 It only requires few easy steps to join the enjoyable initiative organized by Welovemountains to mark IMD 2013. Dowload and print the IMD flag. Climb your favorite mountain. Take a picture of you with the flag. Upload your photo on Facebook, Whatsapp or Instagram with the hashtag #welovemountains followed by the name of the mountain. All the images collected will participate in a contest and be added to the "2013 United Mountains Map". [more]
Madagascar hosts its first IMD National celebration 2 December 2013 Madagascar is preparing its first national International Mountain Day celebration with the support of FAO-Madagascar. The Prime Minister and Interim Minister of Environment and Forests will share key messages through the national media, which will also air a spot on mountains in malagasy all December long. The 15min spot was produced in collaboration with the “Association de la Population de Montagne à Madagascar » and focuses on good practices in mountain areas. In the two weeks before IMD, posters and factsheets were circulated among 22 regional environmental offices to ensure broad and timely knowledge sharing within the country. [more]
National Mountain Festival in Algeria 2 December 2013 The Association Assirem Gouraya in collaboration with the Directorate of Forestry and the municipality of Tizi N Berber is organizing a National Festival on Mountains in Tizi N Berber, Algeria from December 11 to 14. Many organizations will join the celebration, among which the Federation for Ski and Mountain Sports. The program foresees several social and environmental activities, where active participation of local communities is encouraged. The festival will focus on "Mountains - key to a sustainable future," the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day. The association, involved in sustainable mountain development since its inception, has established the following goals for the event: sensitizing local people and students on the importance of environmental protection and reforestation, discussing ways to achive sustainable development and enhance mountain people livelihoods; presenting mountain sports, raising awareness of local and national authorities on the need for support from their side. [more]
Betterkids promotes a school e-Contests to mark IMD 28 November 2013 In the framework of the first "Geography Literacy Centre" (GLC) for children, BetterKids is organizing an e-Contest to celebrate IMD 2013. The participation is open to students of local schools enrolled in grade 3 to 8 and the contests offer prizes and consolation certificates. Kids are welcome to submit their entries to 3 competitions: Contest 1: Identify the name of Famous Mountains in the Pictures Quiz Contest 2: Create a 1PowerPoint slide Collage on the topic: "Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future" Contest 3: Make your own story featuring Mountain as a HERO with <100 words Visit website to learn more. [more]
IMD 2013 observance in Kyrgyzstan 11 November 2013 This year’s IMD observance and celebration event in Kyrgyzstan will be committed to exploring and assessing the country’s progress on achieving the sustainability and integrating mountain concerns into development processes. Upon consultation with the members, it was decided to organize 2 sets of events: a group of events revolutionizing the dietary preferences to be prior to December 11 and culminating into a Wrap up session for December 11, and a half-day main event at UCA on December 11 with support from the Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub hosted by the MSRI/UCA. Organized jointly with the “Avenue 71”, a family café, the Food revolution day as it is envisaged by the initiators, will contribute to addressing effectively the nutrition and health issues thus bringing much needed changes in public mindsets and practices. The program of the IMD 2013 main event on December 11 includes a number of interactive events including the Public Panel Discussion assessing Kyrgyzstan’s preparation for introducing the global targets of SD; Launching of the On-line training course on Mountains, Mountain Products and Partnership Fairs with participation of mountain villages from Batken, Naryn and MP member organizations. All the events will be backed up by an extensive media coverage in national dailies with a series of articles introducing the MP members and their activities and an special issue of AiyL Demi newspaper connecting mountain villagers in rural areas to the event. Photo (c) Thomas Depenbusch/ Flickr [more]
Penelope Gandhi Mission - IMD 2013 7 November 2013 In the framework of the IMD 2013, the Benaki Museum of Athens is hosting the “Penelope Gandhi Mission - the Sacred Art of Weaving in Crete” along with a series of events to mark the centenary of the Unification of Crete with Greece. This Mission is an innovative, volunteer, non-government funded initiative by the Mountains’ University of Crete. Its concern is to revive the sacred art of weaving on Crete; its goal is to transmit these skills that are in the hands of the last initiated women weavers to the younger generation and its intention is to construct an economy that is small in scale but large in value. [more]
Spanish cities and provinces coordinate IMD plans - IMD 2013 6 November 2013 Representatives of Spanish municipal and provincial administrations and institutions coordinated plans to celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD) on 11 December 2013 in various cities and towns throughout the country. Gathered at the Barcelona Maritime Museum on 4 November, participants viewed the audiovisual material available for the occasion. Vicente Chelet, Councilor of the Dénia Municipal Council' s Local Agenda 21, who co-chaired the meeting, encouraged the audience to continue using the website and its social networks as a broadcast platform. [more]
Dénia, Spain, and Ccorca, Peru, pair up for International Mountain Day - IMD 2013 5 November 2013 As a result of the interaction between the Municipality of Dénia (Spain) and Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Erzurum, Turkey, the two Mountain Partnership members are organizing a twin celebration of International Mountain Day with an awareness-raising focus involving school children from two regions. Moreover, they are connecting the local authorities in Dénia with their counterparts in Ccorca (in the Cusco region of Peru). They are now in the coordination phase and making preliminary arrangements. Photos: CONDESAN (Ccora) and Flickr/Wuerschi (Dénia) [more]
Gathering on Mountain Legal Structures in Iran - IMD 2013 5 November 2013 On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, and simultaneously with 11 December, the International Mountain Day (IMD), the Mountain Environment Protection Society (MEPS) will organize a one-day Gathering in Tehran on Monday 16 December in collaboration with the Department of Environment (DOE), Faculty of Environment (University of Tehran), Forest, Range and Watershed Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FAO office in Iran. Photo (c) Erwin Bolwidt/Flickr [more]
Mountain Cuisine Charity Action - Municipality of Dénia (Spain) IMD 2013 5 November 2013 The Municipality of Dénia, in order to celebrate the IMD 2013, will organize a jointly event involving local recognized chefs that will design and cook special dishes using local mountain ingredients. Incoming benefits will be invested on FAO’s field projects anywhere in the world. Photo (c) F. Prieto / Flickr [more]

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