Disaster risk management


Mountains are hazardous places.
Many mountain communities live under the threat of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions caused by shifting tectonic plates.
Gravity pushing down on sloping land compounds the destructive power of storms and heavy rains, producing avalanches, landslides and floods. Population growth, climate change and unsustainable natural resource management practices are putting dangerous pressure on the mountain ecosystems and making mountain communities increasingly vulnerable to disasters.

Women, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to disasters. And in many mountain areas, it is these members of the community that are looking after mountain homesteads, as the men move to lowland cities or abroad to earn a better income and support their family through remittances.

Forces from outside mountain communities, such as commercial logging interests and market-driven agricultural production, also put pressure on mountain ecosystems. All of this can lead to deforestation and environmental degradation. The loss of forest cover deprives mountain communities of a protective barrier against landslides and avalanches and further contributes to increased soil erosion and water run off.

To reduce the risks of disasters in mountain areas it is urgent to increase awareness and to develop integrated strategies and policies on disaster risk management at the national level. Policy-makers involved with disaster risk management cannot afford to neglect mountains, considering the high number of natural hazards in mountain areas and the high vulnerability of mountain communities. 

International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management

International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management

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The second International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management will be held on 19-20 March 2018, in Bali, Indonesia under the theme “Significance of Early Warning Systems and Risk Management Strategies”. The two-day conference will consist of a scientific programme, comprehensive talks, special sessions, oral and poster presentations of...

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Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

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Members of the Mountain Partnership are invited to attend the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, which will be held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters on 11-13 December 2017, in conjunction with the International Mountain Day. The Global Meeting will be followed by a two-day...

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International Symposium on Mountain Science 2017

International Symposium on Mountain Science 2017

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The Mountain Science Center at the University of Tsukuba, Japan will host the International Symposium on Mountain Sciences 2017 on 15 November. The theme of the conference will be “Mountain Science Frontiers: Planning International and Interdisciplinary Studies”. Professors from universities around the world will present during the symposium on topics...

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#MountainsMatter contest deadline extended

#MountainsMatter contest deadline extended

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The deadline to enter the #MountainsMatter video contest has been extended from 20 October to 3 November 2017. From Brazil to France, Nepal to Tanzania, people around the world are responding to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s call for one-minute videos on the...

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Regional land forum convenes in Kyrgyzstan

Regional land forum convenes in Kyrgyzstan

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The Asian Regional Land Forum of the International Land Coalition (ILC) convened on 12-15 September 2017 for the first time in Central Asia, hosted by Kyrgyzstan. This edition of the annual event, titled “People-centred land governance: securing commons land use rights towards improved livelihood of local communities in Asia”, was...

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Forum on mountain snow leopard opens

Forum on mountain snow leopard opens

peak to peak

Issue 108 – Month 9 – Year 2017

The September issue of Peak to Peak announces the opening of the International Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Forum, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The newsletter continues with stories about how Mountain Partnership (MP) members can register for the upcoming Global Meeting, an...

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