News 2012

Explore the new records from Mountain Partnership members in Dagestan, Altai and Tajikistan 27 December 2012 The Association of Mountain Regions of Dagestan welcomes you to its homeland, to enjoy amazing views of high mountains and hospitality of local communities, featured in the photo report ‘ Mountains and people of Dagestan’ . Follow the link: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDkx8Qu . For the IMD 2012 Magomedgadji Zainulabidov, the head of the Association, recorded a special greeting in Russian: http://youtu.be/YGvOuEO5Uv4 The Foundation for Sustainable Development of Altai invites you to join them for the spiritual tour to the sacred Belukha Mountain in search of the Shambhalla , a mythical kingdom hidden in mountains. The journey is accompanied by a traditional Altai music. Click to join : http://youtu.be/amsB8SMmcbk Listen to the IMD greeting of Aleksander Alchubaev , Minister of Economy and Investments of Altai Republic ( in Russian with English subtitles ): http://youtu.be/FEbsvIHgqMg . In Tajikistan the Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Reduction (CCCDR), jointly with NGO ‘Youth for mountain development’ and the University of Central Asia in Khorog, Badakhshan, organized a Round Table ‘ Youth and Mountain Development’, which was accompanied by a photo exhibition. Follow the url to see the photoreport of the event: http://youtu.be/Ed7-aCDubnc [more]
The Mexican recipe to support biodiversity in mountains 27 December 2012 Barro Jaguar believes in the combination of nature photography, environmental education and scientific research to stimulate interest and care toward the conservation of biodiversity. The International Mountain Day was the perfect framework to encourage new attitudes among the population. Relive their celebration through this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF4cXf-aQjw&list=UUrOncRhEX9E_1h8DqW6-lLQ&index=1 [more]
Dagestan, Altai, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan joined the world Celebrating Mountain Life 19 December 2012 The IMD 2012 was widely celebrated by the Mountain Partnership members from Central Asia, Altai and Dagestan. In Bishkek it was organized the event “Market-place for Sustainable Mountain Development Good practices” and the full photo report by Mikhail Romanyiuk, UCA, is available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mountainpartnership/sets/72157632233068423/ The Round Table ‘Youth and Mountain Development’ took place in Khorog, with the goal of raising awareness on the importance of mountain ecosystems for climate change adaptation and discussing how youth can contribute to sustainable mountain development. The conference titled ‘Mountain partnership: outputs and perspectives for mountain communities and ecosystems’ was held in Gornyi Altaisk. Finally, for the first time the International Mountain Day has been observed also in Dagestan, where secondary school pupils have been involved in the art competition ‘Mountains through children eyes’. [more]
First IMD celebrations in Costa Rica 19 December 2012 In 2012 the International Mountain Day was held for the first time in Costa Rica, in the astounding beautiful context of the Poás Volcano National Park. Institutions dedicated to research, environmental education and promotion of conservation and sustainable development participated in the event to discuss the current hot topics concerning Costa Rican mountains and the possibility of establishing new alliances in the near future. [more]
Pictures from Chilean celebration 19 December 2012 This year for the first time IMD was celebrated in Chile with the presence of the FAO team. The event was enlivened by the music performed by the instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble Inti Illimani. [more]
Solidarity & common good for the development of the Andean region 19 December 2012 Read the article edited by the Argentinean Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable in the occasion of IMD 2012 to learn about the celebration in the area and the strategic plan for the future development of the territory. Avalaible at http://www.ambiente.gob.ar/default.asp?IdArticulo=11628 . An interview to Mrs Maria Lidia Testani from Comité de Montañas dealing with the same topic was broadcasted by Radio Maria Argentina and you can listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggwt8dlbvtc [more]
IMD Celebrations in Indian Himalaya 19 December 2012 The 10th anniversary of the International Mountain Day was celebrated by CEE Himalaya (Centre for Environment Education, India) across the three Himalayan states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand simultaneously with partners. Above 300 students, 50 teachers and concerned citizens shared their views on challenges being faced by people and discussed concerns pertaining to development in Himalaya Mountains. Leading local newspapers commented on the event. [more]
Online photo exhibition celebrating IMD 2012 18 December 2012 Give a look to the beautiful photo gallery realized by Global Mountain Action to celebrate mountain life at http://www.globalmountainaction.org/peru-a-celebration-of-mountain-life-photo-exhibition-for-mountain-day-2012.html [more]
International Mountain Day in Sri Lanka 17 December 2012 Prabhawa environmental organization of Haputale, Sri Lanka, celebrated International Mountain Day 2012 on 9th December at Haputale mountain peak. The city mayor hosted the national flag officially declared the event. The march started from the premises of Haputale Urban council. There was also a Hindu religious ceremony at Kurinji SriMuthu Mariamman Hindu temple. More than 50 climbers joined the event. It took them about 2 hours and a half to get on top. Traditional food was served after the deed. Many activities were coordinated by the scoutswho joined the celebrations. The media took part inthe event, too. [more]
FAO celebrates International Mountain Day 2012 13 December 2012 This is the video FAO released on the occasion of International Mountain Day 2012 to raise awareness of the importance of mountains. In a changing climate, mountain regions are among the most vulnerable. They provide the world with resources such as water, timber, biodiversity and hydraulic energy and they are at risk. More information can be found at: www.mountainpartnership.org [more]
Día Internacional de las Montañas - A production by Peruvian Ministry for the Environment 12 December 2012 In the framework of IMD 2012 celebrations, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment released a video marking the relevance of mountain ecosystem and people to the country. It contains a remark by Mr Eduardo Durand López-Hurtado, General Director of Cambio Climático, Desertificación y Recursos Hídricos, who recalls the hot topics currently affecting the Andean mountains. Enjoy the video at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoy13U08wXU&feature=youtu.be [more]
Perú celebrates International Mountain Day 12 December 2012 On 12th December, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment are jointly organizing the conference “Las Montañas en el Perú Post Río +20: Ecosistemas y Comunidades de Montaña, sostenibles”. The event aims to highlight the most relevant aspects of the state of the art in managing sustainable mountain development in the country and its relations with the outcome of Rio +20 Summit. Furthermore, the ongoing progress in the field of development policies and social inclusion will be discussed. The event will take place at the Main Hall Building Bedoya Carlos Garcia, Jr. Lampa No. 545, Lima at 14:30. To find out more please contact Sonia González – sgonzales@minam.gob.pe [more]
International Mountain Day in Mexico 11 December 2012 Barro Jaguar, Nature Photography and Conservation, is a Mexican non-profit organization focused on the conservation and preservation of the Mexico´s biodiversity through conservation projects based on nature photography, environmental education and scientific research. It will celebrate the International Mountain Day 2012 with a photography exhibition opening and a talk about the event. [more]
International Mountain Day marks 10th anniversary 11 December 2012 Ten years after the International Year of Mountains, the focus of this year’s International Mountain Day is to celebrate mountain life and sustainable mountain development, drawing attention to the role that mountains play at global level and to the goods and services they provide for all humankind. [more]
International Mountain Day in Chile 10 December 2012 The Minister of Foreign Affairs is planning to celebrate IMD in Chile for the first time. The environmental, cultural and artistic event will focus mainly on children and on social risk, and will take place in "Bosque Santiago" from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm., Tuesday 11th December. There will be a main celebration at midday with authorities, followed by the performance of the famous Andean music group Inti Illimani, earnest supporters projects related to mountains. [more]
Reaching New Heights at the Ends of the Earth - The Strength & Spirit of Women 10 December 2012 The first and only team of breast cancer survivors from the United Arab Emirates marked International Mountain Day 2012 with a challenging hike on Deception Island, Antarctica. The hike was part of the 10-day multi-activity “Jewels of Antarctica” Expedition organized by seasoned adventurer Julie Lewis of Mountain High. Team members originate from Dubai, Scotland, America, South Africa, Britain, Italy, and Lebanon. For more information on Mountain High go to www.mountainhighme.com [more]
7 December 2012 The Association LA21 Dénia is collecting mobile phone numbers of each mountain, park or protected area so that a list will be created and delivered. The idea is that on December 9th everybody can virtually call and congratulate each other about on the occasion of International Mountain Day in an easy and fun way - "you call me - I'll call you". Contact person: Fenando Engual Comis - Asesor técnico LA21 Dénia c/ Pare Pere, 17 - Les Portelles, 4.03700 Dénia (Alicante)Tel. 96 646 70 72 - Fax 96 578 65 58 agenda21@ayto-denia.es [more]
International Mountain Day Celebrations in Altai Republic 7 December 2012 The Foundation for Sustainable Development of Altai F(SDA) is organizing an event, where the winners of the photo contest “People and Mountains” will be announced, as well as organizations with an outstanding contribution to SMD in Altai. The event will be accompanied by a folklore concert and will take place in the Small Hall of the National Theatre, on the 11th December, from 6,30 p.m. Free entry. [more]
International mountain Day in Iran 6 December 2012 On the occasion of the International Mountain Day, the Mountain Watch Group of the Alpine Club of Iran, will hold some meetings in various cities and will organize two climbs, one on Alvand near Hamadan city, and the other on Siabisheh near Amol city, to draw public attention to the importance of mountain ecosystems. The Mountain Watch will also try to provide the press with articles and news regarding the mountain issues. During the meetings, there will be lectures and slide shows in which different problems of mountains like overgrazing, unsustainable development projects, none- responsible mountaineering and tourism, are addressed. This will be the seventh annual celebration of IMD in Iran, by the Mountain Watch, in the hope that with this kind of activities, there will be a step towards preserving precious natural heritage, i.e. magnificent mountains. For this year, the theme that has been chosen is “Partnership Amongst Mountaineers; A Way to protection of Mountains” . [more]
ICIMOD promotes several events to celebrate International Mountain Day 2012 6 December 2012 In the framework of IMD observance, ICIMOD is preparing a number of initiatives all around its region. The program starts with the ICIMOD Green Solutions Fair, hosted by the Headquarters in Nepal on 8th December. The event is complemented by regional level activities taking place in India and Pakistan. Finally, National Youth Forum on Green Solutions are organized in Nepal (Kathmandu, 6th-8th December), India (Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 9th-11th December), Bangladesh (Rangamati, 18th-19th December), and Bhutan (Thimphu, 14th-16th December). For the full program visit: http://www.icimod.org/?q=9108 [more]
Celebrating International Mountain Day in Central Asia 5 December 2012 This year, IMD is being observed in several countries of Central Asia. The event “Market-place of Good Practices on Sustainable Mountain Development: Mountain Partnership Member contributions” is organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat Hub for Central Asia (MPS-DHCA), hosted by the University of Central Asia/Mountain Societies Research Center (UCA/MSRC). For the Kyrgyz Republic, a special two-hour event is being organized jointly with the FAO Country Office on December 11, 2012 at the Academy of Science of KR: Bishkek, Chui avn., 265 A. for more information: http://www.uncentralasia.org elbegzaya.batjargal@ucentralasia.org [more]
Flag your favourite mountain 4 December 2012 Promoted by WeLoveMountains, the social initiative will take virtually place everywhere from the 1st to 11th December. Everybody is encouraged to take a picture of his/her favourite mountain together with the initiative's flag and upload it on Instagram/twitter/facebook, marking it with the ashtag #welovemountains. This will contribute to the creation of the first georeferential map United Mountains 2012, which will be sent to FAO. Find more information and download the flag here: http://www.welovemountains.org/11-diciembre/ [more]
VERBIER GREEN PIONEERING SUMMIT 2012 3 December 2012 Verbier will host a number of initiatives from the 9th to the 11th of December: the Verbier Green Pioneering Summit (Verbier GPS), an annual onference focusing on clean energy, sustainability and corporate responsibility with special focus on mountain areas; the Verbier Investment Forum (VIF), that will explore the rapid changes in investment flows in the sustainability sphere, especially renewable energy and resource efficiency; the World Mountain Forum, an annual event under the auspices of the Verbier GPS. Its primary objective is to raise awareness about sustainable mountain development issues around the world and,in particular,the Valais region. The 11th of December will be devoted to the celebration of the International Mountain Day, which will be launched by the world renown mountaineer, guide and explorer Jean Troillet at Place Centrale, Verbier. To find out more: http://www.verbiergps.ch/ [more]
International Mountain Day - Chile 3 December 2012 The Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the "Asociatión de Municipalidades La Cordillera" and the Comisión Preparatoria for the celebration of the IMD 2012 are observing this year's International Mountain Day in the sign of environmental, cultural and artistic initiatives. The event will take place in Parque Natural Aguas de Ramón (Alvaro Casanova 2583 comuna de La Reina) on the 11th December, from 9,30 to 15. [more]
Celebrating IMD in Costa Rica 30 November 2012 The Centro Cíentifico Tropical is organizing a celebratory event together with the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central (FUNDECOR), the Area de Conservación Volcánica Central (ACCVC) - Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC), and the Instituto Metereológico Nacional (IMN) - Ministerio del Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones (MINAET). The ceremony will take place on 11th December from 9 am to 1 pm at the Auditorio of Parque Nacional Volcán Poás. [more]
Commemorating IYM 2002 at Utah Valley University 27 November 2012 During IMD 2012, the State of Utah and Utah International Mountain Forum will host a gathering commemorating the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Mountains. This would be the occasion for recognizing many of the major contributions from the State of Utah to the global mountain agenda for the year 2012. The event will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the new Utah Valley University Science Center Auditorium. Find more details at: http://utahimf.org/international-mountain-day-2012/ [more]
International Mountain Day in Dénia 26 November 2012 This is the video produced by the Ajuntament de Dénia and the Diputació Barcelona and other Spanish authorities, to observe and celebrate this year’s International Mountain Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c1_zVleZVHM [more]
International Mountain Day goes postal 21 November 2012 The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are releasing a set of postage stamps in December illustrating mountains and individuals after whom they were named in connection to the 10th Anniversary of International Mountain Day. The International Mountain Day logo will appear on the First Day Cover envelopes so as to provide collectors with a better understanding of the relevance and timing of the issue as well as create awareness on the relevance of mountains. The mountains are linked to the age of exploration and the height of the British Empire. The Allardyce Range is named after Sir William Lamond Allardyce, who distinguished himself during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in the WWI. Mount Carse owes its name to explorer and broadcaster Duncan Carse. Stenhouse Peak is named after Joseph Russell Stenhouse, who served with distinction in WWI. And then Mount Paget, which is the highest mountain on South Georgia and any territory of the United Kingdom (2934 metres). It is named after Admiral Sir Alfred Wyndham Paget, who commanded the Squadron from which HMS Sappho was detached to visit South Georgia in 1906, under the command of Captain Hodges. The stamp issue will be sold from the Post Office on South Georgia both for postage and to tourists. It will be sold to stamp collectors via the philatelic Bureau in the Falkland Islands and distributed to stamp dealers via Pobjoy Mint in Surrey, UK. To see the collection visit also: www.pobjoystamps.com [more]
21 November 2012 On the 1st December 2012 an international team of female breast cancer survivors, will leave for Antarctica for a 11 days expedition. Team members originate from the UAE, India, South Africa, America, Great Britain, Scotland, Italy, and Lebanon. The team will be at the most Southerly place in the World (Ushuaia). During the expedition the team will complete a series of activities to include kayaking, snow shoeing, shore camping and the opportunity to summit on two mountain peaks as well as enjoy the wildlife of Antarctica. The initiative will endorse the celebration of the International Mountain Day, underlining the tight bonds between mountain and people. The team will have a cloth banner with the International Day Mountain Logo and there will be a flag ceremony planned to celebrate the Day and the start of their ten-day floating expedition aboard the ice vessel M/V Plancius , build on purpose for the event. The personal and team stories will be shared in the form of a short film and book to celebrate the courage of these women facing the challenges posed by cancer. “ This expedition is a great opportunity to reinforce the strength and spirit of women, women as explorers” says Julie Lewis of Mountain High, the leader of the expedition. “ The team are fabulous roving ambassadors for Breast Cancer awareness and great spokeswomen to encourage more women to get into action and take charge of their health. Prevention is always better than cure so as well as awareness and education we believe strongly in the importance of regular screening and a integrated healthy active lifestyle” To follow their experience visit also: http://www.facebook.com/MountainHighMe https://twitter.com/UAE2Antarctica www.mountainhighme.com [more]

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