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Giripremi organizes several events for IMD 2018

Giripremi, a renowned mountaineering organization in India has launched several intiatives to celebrate this year's International Mountain Day 2018 (IMD). A Mountain Film Festival, an online Mountain Photography contest and an IMD Run will all take place this year. Giripremi aims to promote mountain-related intiatives and mountaineering in India.    

The Alpine Convention and the 4th edition of the "Reading Mountains Festival"

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention proudly announces the 4th Edition of the “Reading Mountains Festival” in the framework of International Mountain Day. Under the umbrella of the Alpine Convention the wide diversity of Alpine culture and literature across and beyond the Alpine region will be celebrated. Partners of all kinds such as schools, restaurants and book clubs to interested stakeholders are invited to participate and set up a creative event that foregrounds Alpine literature.   

MiratecArts presents the #MountainsMatter photography contest

In solidarity with International Mountain Day 2018, Miratec Arts presents annually the Montanha Pico Festival that will take place January 2019. #MountainsMatter is the theme chosen for the 2018 celebration of International Mountain Day.The photo contest will reflect the theme of the international community. We ask photographers to enter their images according to the various categories they find that reflect this theme. Photos are accepted until November 1st 2018 and finalists will be announced December 11th.  

The Prabhawa Environmental organization of Haputale Sri lanka hosted International Mountain day 2017

The Prabhawa Environmental organization of Haputale Sri lanka hosted International Mountain day 2017 on December 9 2017 for the consecutive 8th year.The event was started after religious observances at Kurunji Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple. The starting event was led by Mr.Bharata Gunathilaka as the chief guest. The main event took place at the Prabhawa Mountain day viewpoint which is 5295 Feets high above the sea level.  

Central Himalayan Institute for Nature and Applied Research organizing 2018 IMD celebration

The Central Himalayan Institute for Nature and Applied Research (CHINAR) will celebrate International Mountain Day in Uttarakhand, India. The two-day event will focus on the 2018 theme "#MountainsMatter". The main activities will comprise nature walks, bird watching, camping and mountain biking along with awareness raising of mountain issues. There will also be a fair of indigenous Himalayan communities’ traditional foods, art and handicrafts.

International Mountain Day 2017 celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, India

The Centre for Environment Education (CEE Himalaya) celebrated International Mountain Day in Ghaghara Ghat, Uttar Pradesh, India on 27 December 2017. Activities focused on disaster risk reduction and environmental protection as well as improving the livelihoods of the people affected by the Ghaghara River floods. The importance of mountains and the interactions between highlands and lowlands were discussed on the occasion. Participants included teachers and students from local schools, community members and representatives of local institutions.

A carnival for the mountains on IMD

More than 5000 people celebrated International Mountain Day (IMD) at the “Carnival for the Mountains” organized by OIKOS together with the District Municipality of Barranco, Lima, Peru in Barranco Central Park on 9 December. Public institutions and private sector organizations offered workshops, lectures, video screenings, photo exhibitions and children’s activities aimed at raising awareness of the history and biodiversity of the Andes and the mountains’ contribution to local identities.

Celebrating mountain products on IMD

The autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta, Italy, celebrated International Mounatin Day in October, in connection with the event Lo pan ner – I pani delle Alpi (Rye bread – the breads of the Alps). Conferences, workshops and community baking activites were organized, all connected to the making rye bread. The event highlighted the rich diversity of mountain cultures and identities and provided an opportunity to pass on popular traditions while promoting the sustainable use of mountain environments.

Argentina’s national mountain committee celebrates IMD in the Andes

On 14 December, the National Committee for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions of Argentina visited the mountain shelters of Pino Hachado, a mountain pass through the Andes, in observance of International Mountain Day (IMD). During the visit, the Committee presented a report highlighting the importance of the Mountain Partnership and IMD. Furthermore, the national anthem of Argentina was played by the band “Comando X de Cobunco” and the 200-year anniversary of the “Crossing of the Andes” was commemorated.

Celebrating IMD and World Soil Day in Madagascar

The Government of Madagascar celebrated International Mountain Day and World Soil Day together on 5 December 2017. The celebration was held at the Nantsa Watershed in the Itasy Region. This location was chosen due to the alarming state of degradation of the watershed. Ecological activities were implemented there in collaboration with the local communities and authorities, including the reforestation of acacia and eucalyptus, the establishment of an anti-erosion vein chain, and the planting of fruit trees.
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