Indigenous Mountain Peoples Database


Mountains are home to many indigenous peoples worldwide. These communities often contribute to protecting mountain landscapes and ecosystems and to enriching the cultural heritage offered by these mountains. Until now, a single platform that provides a global mapping of indigenous mountain communities did not exist. In order to fill this gap, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) in cooperation with the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) developed this interactive map and database.

The mountain ranges map has been provided by the GMBA. They have developed this map for another excellent initiative: the Mountain Biodiversity Portal.

In order to develop a profiling of these indigenous communities, a variety of different information has been collected. This data is necessary to take a step toward understanding these indigenous communities better, including their needs, challenges and the role they play in providing social and ecosystem services.

The scope of this project is to raise awareness about indigenous mountain peoples as well as creating a database that can provide a comprehensive outlook of indigenous communities living in mountain areas around the world.

As of now, the database is incomplete. It will be updated to make it as comprehensive as possible. Because of the ambition of this project, we invite governments, organizations, research institutes, and experts to join the effort and share with us relevant information about indigenous mountain communities. We are currently developing a Data Providers list. In case you would like to join, or you would like to report an error or give us a feedback, please contact us.




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