On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, and simultaneously with 11 December, the International Mountain Day (IMD), the Mountain Environment Protection Society (MEPS) will organize a one-day Gathering in Tehran on Monday 16 December in collaboration with the Department of Environment (DOE), Faculty of Environment (University of Tehran), Forest, Range and Watershed Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FAO office in Iran.
The key theme of the Gathering is to highlight the need for creation of mountain legal structures and promotion of governmental capacities concerning sustainable mountain development in Iran.
Several high ranking officials from state and governmental departments as well as members of the Parliament, academia, mountain environment experts, NGO representatives and mountain lovers will attend the Gathering.
Prof. Bruno Messerli, the distinguished mountain expert and the Former Director Institute of Geography, University of Bern will participate the event and will deliver a presentation on the importance of mountain regions for the sustainable future of the world in line with the theme of IMD for 2013-“Mountains; Key to a Sustainable Future”.
Dr. M. Ebtekar, vice president and the head of the Department of Environment, and parliament members will give speeches during the opening of the gathering and a documentary on the activities and achievements of MEPS in the past 20 years will be presented. A panel on the ways of achieving the necessary mountain legal frameworks will also be held during the Gathering.
MEPS, founded in 1993, is a reputable NGO leading the mountain related activities in Iran for the past two decades. It had a leading role in 2002 concerning the observance of the International Year of Mountains (IYM) in Iran and implemented a series of activities in this regard. As a member of the International Mountain Partnership (MP), MEPS participated in the Fourth Global Meeting of MP in Erzurum, Turkey in September where it was chosen as a Steering Committee member for MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) in the Civil Society section.