Climate Change threatens a fragile ecosystem in the Andes

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Recent studies by the Antioquia Engineering School in Colombia revealed the Páramo, a fragile ecosystem in the Andes, is extremely threatened by climate change. The Páramo is located above the highest part of the tree belt and the perpetual snow in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It...

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International Conference on East Africa Mountains – 14 - 16 November 2011, Mbale, Uganda

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From 14 to 16 November 2011, the International Conference on East Africa Mountains (ICEAM 201) will be held in Mbale, Uganda. The conference is being organized by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the French Institute for Research in Africa (INFRA) Nairobi in cooperation with several universities (Makerere University Kampala,...

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World Environment Day 2011 - Forests: Nature at Your Service - 5 June

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The World Environment Day (WED) has been launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 1972 and celebrated every year on 5 June. WED aims to stimulate public awareness on environmental issues and to urge politics to act in favour of these. This year’s theme is dedicated to: “Forests:...

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ICIMOD Annual Report 2010 now released

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The ICIMOD Annual Report 2010 has been released. The Report deals with ICIMOD’s evolution over the years, with a focus on the themes of biodiversity, youth engagement, and remote sensing. ICIMOD's role in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity is highlighted, and especially advocacy for mountain biodiversity and participation...

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Mountain Gorillas at risks of extinction infected by human virus

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A study recently published in the review “Emerging Infectious Diseases” has found that gorilla's living in the national parks in Africa are being infected by a RNA virus called human metapneumovirus (HMPV) that is common in humans. It provokes respiratory diseases and has proved to be fatal to some of...

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New book now released: “Framework for Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas”

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ICIMOD has now released a new book, ‘Framework for Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas’ by Golam Rasul, Nakul Chettri and Eklabya Sharma. This paper outlines a general framework for economic valuation of ecosystem services focusing on mountain specific situations, which could be applied in the Hindu Kush- Himalayan region....

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