The Mountain Institute works hand-in-hand with mountain communities to address their most critical challenges. Our work revolves around three central themes: sustainable economic development in the mountains, conservation of mountain environments, and support for mountain cultures. Since our founding, we have listened to the people who know mountains best — those who live in mountains — and we help identify and implement solutions to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods, local ecosystems, and the natural and spiritual resources that benefit us all. To find out more about our regional programs in the Andes, Appalachians, and Himalayas, click on the images below.