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Andes

Andes

Since 1996 The Mountain Institute has worked in the world’s longest mountain range. Our inclusive approach bridges sustainable development, modern science and traditional knowledge. We help Andean communities become more resilient as they adapt to climate hange. As partners, we create more sustainable mountain economies while protecting ancient cultures and fragile ecosystems.

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Appalachians

Appalachians

The world’s oldest mountains were our starting point–The Mountain Institute was founded at Spruce Knob, West Virginia in 1972. Since that time our focus in the Appalachians has been to inspire the next generation of mountain stewards. Our range of experiential learning courses build awareness of the complex interactions between community, culture, and ecosystem conservation.

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Hindu-Kush Himalayas

Hindu-Kush Himalayas

Since the mid-1980s The Mountain Institute has worked in the world’s highest mountains, strengthening communities and helping them become more resilient in the face of climate change. From glacial lake monitoring and establishing protected areas to training farmers and restoring ancient monestaries, we have pioneered approaches in the Himalayas that have been used successfully in mountainous regions worldwide.

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Western USA

Western USA

In the Western USA we are working with indigenous peoples seeking to preserve ancient traditions while protecting their sacred land. Our collaborative approach enables productive relationships with government agencies and other stakeholders. We strive to integrate the perspectives of Native Americans while also reinvigorating traditional practices at culturally important sites.

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Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives

Not enough is being done on a global scale to protect mountain environments and support mountain communities. Perhaps due to their remoteness and seemingly immutable nature, mountains do not receive the attention they deserve given their essential role in providing water for billions and regulating the world’s climate. The Mountain Institute is playing an active role to ensure that mountain peoples, cultures and ecosystems are recognized in the global sustainable development policy agenda.

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  • Community Livelihoods & Enterprise

    Community Livelihoods & Enterprise


    The Mountain Institute protects critical mountain ecosystems and promotes prosperous livelihoods to create resilient mountain communities. We work closely with moutain communities, combining loal and indigenous knowledge with the latest science to develop practical conservation and development solutions. With non-profit, government, academic and private-sector partners, our programs promote natural resource conservation, sustainable economic development, climate change adaptation and resilience and cultural preservation.

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  • Conservation

    Conservation


    Mountain ecosystems are threatened. Despite their importance, mountain ecosystems, people and wildlife are under a barrage of threats. Millions live in extreme poverty and are chronically food insecure. Migration is eroding cultures and fraying the fabric of communities. People and ecosystems alike are vulnerable to changing climate and extreme weather and natural disasteers.TMI works closely with mountain communities, combininb local and indigenous knowledge with the latest science to develop practical conservation solutions. With non-profit, government, academic and private-sector partners, our programs promote natural resource conservation, sustainable economic development, climate change adaptation and resilience and cultural preservation.

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  • Empowering Mountain Cultures

    Empowering Mountain Cultures


    Preserving ancient cultures in mountainous regions is just as important as conserving their natural environment and improving mountain economies. Mountain communities, frequently made up of ethnic minorities, harbor thousand year old cultural traditions shaped by natural environments. Mountain people are the stewards of sites that have invaluable historical and cultural importance–from temples and sacred monuments to ancient forts. The traditional knowledge of these ancient cultures is of immense importance and value as we look for ways to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

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  • Education & Public Outreach

    Education & Public Outreach


    The Institute’s education model that combines academic learning with community building was developed in our Appalachian program and is now being exported to other mountain regions. Our courses include experiential learning trips, teacher training, and educational field trips that take learning beyond the classroom into mountain wilderness areas. We also collaborate with universities in the Andes, and Himalayas to train young students to develop a specialty in climate change adaptation. Our education and public outreach efforts have a clear goal–to inspire the next generation of mountain stewards.

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  • Advocacy & Governance

    Advocacy & Governance


    There is simply not enough global attention on the unique challenges that face mountain communities and environments. We champion efforts and policies that promote sustainable mountain development, conserving mountain ecosystems and preserving ancient cultures. The Mountain Institute plays a leading role in bringing mountain issues to the attention of governments, provate sector organizations, charity/non-profit groups and civil society organizations. Serving as chair of The Mountain Partnership–a United Nations voluntary alliance–TMI is working with Partnership members to keep mountain issues front and center. From the United Nation’s climate summits in Lima, Paris and Marrakesh to local and regional forums, TMI has helped create awareness of the importance of mountains and the need for global-level policies that promote solutions in these underserved places.

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  • Science & Exploration

    Science & Exploration


    Mountain Institute staff and partners have developed a community-driven approach to understanding changes in the world’s glaciers, including the threat from glacial lake outburst flooding. Our inclusive approach brings scientists, mountain villagers and local governments together. The resulting blend of scientific and traditional knowledge serves as a solid foundation for community-driven action plans for adapting to climate change. Lessons learned in the Himalayas of Nepal have been shared with mountain communities in the Andes through applied research materials, workshops and exchanges. TMI plans to continue fostering exchanges between mountain villagers and scientists around the globe.

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