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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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[2017-05-01] Mountains, one year after the Paris Agreement

One year ago, on 22 April (Earth Day) 2016, 175 of the 197 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, an international treaty to address climate change. As of today, one year after the signing ceremony, 194 Parties to the UNFCCC have signed the Paris Agreement and 143 of those have ratified it. Of the 143 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, 137 have also submitted their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and of those, 36 NDCs make reference to mountains.

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[2017-05-01] Mountain tourism conference in Georgia

The potential of mountain tourism to foster economic development, as well as to raise awareness on environmental protection, was the major topic addressed at the Third World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference.

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[2017-03-13] Call for applications for IPROMO 2017

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat is pleased to announce the call for applications for the tenth International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas, or IPROMO, as the training programme on sustainable mountain development is better known.

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[2017-03-13] New issue of MRD Journal available online

The latest issue of the Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Journal offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind.

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[2017-03-06] MPS launches mountain education database

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) has launched an education database to assist members and students find courses and degree programmes on mountain issues offered by universities around the world. The Mountain Education Database will help users to discover courses in their subject area of interest and compare them to courses offered by other universities and in different fields.

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[2017-03-06] A UN entity to insure mountains have a voice

Mountain Partnership (MP) members The Mo Natural Sciences (RANS) presented an oral statement on behalf of the MP on 7 February 2017 during the 55th Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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[2017-03-06] iAlp, mountain museums going digital

The Museo Nazionale della Montagna of Turin, Italy and the Musée Alpin of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France are building a digital database of their combined cultural assets to be made available to the rest of the world.

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[2017-02-14] Chile’s public consultation on mountain policy

Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, has announced that Chile will be the first country in South America to have a national public policy on sustainable mountain development. To decide the final policy, Chile has launched a public consultation, encouraging Chilean citizens to make suggestions and help shape the government’s priorities, both online and in person.

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[2017-02-14] In memoriam: Ermanno Zanini

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Professor Ermanno Zanini on 9 February 2017 in Turin, Italy at the age of 71. A professor of Soil Science at the University of Turin from 1990 to November 2015, Zanini was not only the founder of the Mountain Partnership’s International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) but also its heart and driving force.

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[2017-02-12] Mountain Related Activities in Iran 2016

This summary mainly includes the activities implemented in Iran by MEPS and other groups involved in mountain related issues but not any group outside of Iran in the MP regional electoral group underneath MEPS.

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