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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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[2019-01-30] IMD 2018 celebrated in over 35 countries

For International Mountain Day (IMD), over 100 events were organized around the world on 11 December 2018, when mountaineers, mountain lovers, governments and civil society groups joined together to raise the flag for mountain peoples and environments

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[2018-12-16] Photo of spring equinox festival in Iran wins International Mountain Day 2018 competition

An image from a spring equinox festival on a mountain in Iran has won the annual International Mountain Day photography competition organized by FAO to heighten awareness of the importance of mountains worldwide.

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[2018-12-09] Mountain Partnership celebrates International Mountain Day 2018

To mark International Mountain Day, the Mountain Partnership (MP) will celebrate by attending several events all over the world on 11 December 2018.

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[2018-10-08] CEE Himalaya and disaster risk reduction

On 22 July 2018, with financial support from International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Centre for Environment Education (CEE Himalaya), Give2Asia and RCE Srinagar organized a training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) preparedness in the flood prone villages of Ahata and Reti hata of Jarwal Block, Bahraich District, Uttar Pradesh. Over 200 people including representatives of the Gram Panchayat village council, women, men and children participated in the training.

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[2018-09-08] Call for papers, mountain research and development

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) are pleased to announce the call for papers on the role of culture in transformation towards sustainable development in mountains. Mountain communities are undergoing rapid sociocultural change, caused by drivers such as outmigration, urbanization, and increasing insertion into the market economy.

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[2018-08-13] Leading Sustainable Mountain Development

Leading Sustainable Mountain Development Building a coalition of key Mountain Partnership governments to increase the visibility of mountain issues in national processes will be under discussion during the High-Level Political Forum, Mountain Partnership side event which will be taking place 16 July 2018 in New York, USA. Lead by the Government of Andorra and co-organized with the Mountain Partnership/FAO, UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and the governments of Argentina, Chile, Italy and Switzerland, the event “Leading Sustainable Mountain Development” will also focus on pro mountain policies and actions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the country level.

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[2018-08-12] About World Mountain Forum 2018

About World Mountain Forum 2018 Mountains are home to 13% of the global population and cover one fifth of the Earth's land surface. Mountains provide essential environmental services to society. Acting as global ‘water towers’, they provide freshwater for populations around the world. 40% of the world’s population relies on mountain water for drinking, irrigation and hydropower.

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[2018-07-24] International Mountain Day 2018 theme declared

International Mountain Day 2018 theme declared “#MountainsMatter” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day (IMD) on 11 December 2018. Even though they are mentioned in the 2030 Agenda, mountains are still often forgotten. Considering the crucial role they play in providing key ecosystem goods and services to the planet and their vulnerability in the face of climate change, we need to step up and raise attention to mountains.

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