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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.

 

 Achieving sustainable food systems in mountains

Achieving sustainable food systems in mountains

peak to peak

The February 2024 issue of Peak to Peak highlights recent international events focused on mountains, including the conference "Enabling resilient and sustainable food systems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya" in Nepal and the European foresight workshop for resilient mountain areas in Belgium. Top news stories and features cover the declaration...

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Sharing knowledge throughout the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: Good practices for the restoration of mountain ecosystems

Sharing knowledge throughout the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: Good practices for the restoration of mountain ecosystems

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To support and scale up efforts to restore degraded ecosystems worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021–2030 as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UN Decade), co-led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). To help achieve...

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Mountain women of the world – Shaping change for the common good

Mountain women of the world – Shaping change for the common good

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This booklet is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, together with the Feminist Hiking Collective – a non-profit organization and transnational hub for feminist hikers, and a member of the Mountain Partnership. It builds on the challenges and opportunities identified...

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MPS announces updates to mountain funding and education databases

MPS announces updates to mountain funding and education databases

peak to peak

The September 2023 issue of Peak to Peak announces updates to the Mountain Partnership's online education and mountain resource mobilization databases. Top news stories cover a village in the Greater Caucasus region of Azerbaijan developing a participatory land-use plan to protect mountain soils, Mountain Partnership (MP) member The Little Earth...

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Ahan village in Azerbaijan develops participatory land-use plan to protect mountain soils

Ahan village in Azerbaijan develops participatory land-use plan to protect mountain soils

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Ahan is a village with a population of 519 people located in the high mountains of the Greater Caucasus region of Azerbaijan. The majority of the population engages in livestock farming, continuing a tradition of nomadic herding with a transhumance lifestyle. The community migrates to the winter pastures located in...

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MP member Tergar Charity Nepal wins Equator Prize 2023

MP member Tergar Charity Nepal wins Equator Prize 2023

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Tergar Charity Nepal (TCN), a member of the Mountain Partnership, is among the winners of the 14th Equator Prize announced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners. The 2023 award recognizes ten Indigenous Peoples and local communities from ten countries. The awardees will receive USD 15 000,...

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