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MEPS is committed to the conservation and promotion of sustainable development of mountain ecosystems thereby ensuring the well-being of highland as well as lowland communities and safeguarding the integrity and cultural diversity of mountain societies.

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[2019-10-28] High Mountain Summit

Geneva, Switzerland FROM: 29.10.2019 TO: 31.10.2019 Organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners, including the Mountain Partnership (MP), the High Mountain Summit 2019 will identify priority actions on policy, science, observations and services, addressing the effects of climate change observed in high mountain cryosphere and their downstream impacts

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[2019-10-13] International Mountain Day 2019 launch: Photo and recipe contest!

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) has launched this year’s International Mountain Day photo and recipe contest. This year’s contest focuses on mountain products and on healthy, nutritious recipes that reflect the traditions of the mountains.

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[2019-10-02] Caucasus Mountain Forum 2019

Ankara, Turkey FROM: 30.10.2019 TO: 02.11.2019

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[2019-09-28] WMO High Mountain Summit 29–31 October 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

WMO High Mountain Summit, is to be organized by the World Meteorological Organization in partnership with FAO, the Mountain Partnership and other organizations. It will take place from 29–31 October 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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[2019-09-28] Arid mountain conference highlights importance for water

The First International Conference on Semi-Arid Mountain Environments, held in Abha, Saudi Arabia, brought attention to a wide range of topics relevant to development in arid mountain regions.

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[2019-08-17] 2018 Annual Report now available online

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2018 is now available online. In it, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development in 2018. The annual report documents the Secretariat’s work in the areas of advocacy, communication and knowledge management, mainstreaming mountains, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives.

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[2019-08-03] International Mountain Conference, Innsbruck, 08–12 September 2019

IMC2019 program and schedule Missed application & Registration deadline? Support available here.

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[2019-08-03] Guest Article - Mountain sustainability: Turning competing interests into a shared vision

About one billion people live in mountainous areas around the world, but we all depend, in some way, on healthy mountains and their benefits, including water, food, energy, biodiversity and employment. Finding ways to protect and conserve mountain ecosystems while enabling people to improve their livelihoods is one of the keys to achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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[2019-02-25] In memory of Bruno Messerli

Mountain expert, humanist and advocate for sustainable mountain development. By Thomas Hofer, Senior Forestry Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and former Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat Bruno Messerli (17 September 1931 – 4 February 2019) was a Swiss geographer and university professor who focused his main attention on high mountain research. He was appointed full Professor of Geomorphology in 1968 by the University of Bern, where he worked in teaching and research until his retirement in 1996. From 1986 to 1987 he acted as Rector of the University of Berne.

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[2019-02-02] Call for International Mountain Conference abstracts

The International Mountain Conference (IMC) will be held from 8-12 September 2019 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. The conference is organized in collaboration with several Mountain Partnership members including the Mountain Research Initiative, EURAC Research and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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