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Gender issues in mountains


Women and men play key roles with respect to environmental protection and social and economic development in mountain areas.
Women are often the primary managers of mountain resources, guardians of biodiversity and the main actors in terms of agriculture, animal husbandry and other small scale economic activities. In mountain communities, women  are keepers of traditional knowledge, custodians of local culture and experts in traditional medicine.

However, women mountain dwellers are often invisible and their voices go unheard. They rarely participate in decisions affecting the management and use of local resources; they often lack basic rights, have little access to ownership and land tenure rights, education, health services and training. Since women and girls have less access to household resources, they are at a greater risk of hunger and malnutrition.

As men migrate to lowlands areas or abroad in search of better income, women are left to manage the farm and household and participate in small trade and income-earning activities. Yet lack of access to credit hampers efforts to improve or expand their farm activities and earn cash incomes.Inaccessibility shapes the lives of mountain communities. Further, the challenges men and women face in mountain regions is intensified by altitude, steep terrain and isolation.

 

1st West African Mountain Forum

1st West African Mountain Forum

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West Africa is a sub-region that has an abundance of ecosystems, including - among others - mountains. Although not necessarily impressive in terms of altitude, West African mountains are high in biodiversity, and they play an important role in the overall sustainable development of the sub-region. Many West African communities...

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Continuing cooperation for mountains

Continuing cooperation for mountains

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Dr Janet Colvin, Interim Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah Valley University (UVU), discussed cooperation between the state of Utah, United States, and Kyrgyzstan, with a focus on sustainable mountain development, with representatives of educational institutions and the media during her visit to Bishkek,...

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7th edition of African Mountains’ Echo out now

7th edition of African Mountains’ Echo out now

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The seventh edition of “African Mountains’ Echo: the Voice for Sustainable Mountain Development in Africa”, produced by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in collaboration with the Africa Mountains Regional Forum with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is now available online.

This issue...

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Stepping up for mountains: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2016

Stepping up for mountains: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2016

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat outlines its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development last year in its 2016 annual report. The publication documents the Secretariat’s work in the areas of advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives. The 60-page publication...

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CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival

CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival

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Since its inception in 1998, the “CinemAmbiente” Environmental Film Festival has presented some of the best in environmental films. The festival seeks to address the myriad issues related to the environment, including pollution, consumerism, food, waste production and management, genetically modified organisms (GMO), sustainable development and climate change, with a...

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Mountain Partnership Global Meeting announced

Mountain Partnership Global Meeting announced

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The Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, titled “Mountains under Pressure”, will be held on 11-13 December 2017 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, announced Mountain Partnership Secretariat Coordinator Thomas Hofer on 24 May. The theme of the meeting will be “Climate,...

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