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4/7/17: The Mountain Institute Supports Launch of New Non-Profit.

The Mountain Institute (TMI) is pleased to announce that its environmental education program based in the Appalachian Mountains will become a separate non-profit entity—Experience Learning. This new 501(c)3 organization was established by three of The Mountain Institute’s original founders and will be based in West Virginia.

2/6/17: Statement Presented During the 55th Commission for Social Development at the United Nations in NYC.

TMI’s oral statement on behalf of the Mountain Partnership called for a permanent, official UN entity be created to ensure that mountain stakeholders have a voice in implementing UN processes and the 2030 Agenda. TMI HQ

1/9/17: Photo Story – Life After the Nepal Quakes: Inequality, Rapid Change and Slow Progress.

Since November 2015, The Nepal Critical Transitions Project has been conducting research in Gorkha and Rasuwa Districts of Nepal to learn about the key social and cultural factors that shape the recovery from the 2015 natural disasters. Lessons learned will be shared with the government and aid agencies so that they can better understand local needs and communicate more effectively with local communities.  Senior Fellow, Dr. Jeremy Spoon and TMI Himalayas Program.

12/9/16: Photo Story – Progressive Mountains: The Pragatishil Pahad Project helps some of the hardest-hit mountain communities in Nepal.

After completing initial earthquake relief and response efforts, TMI’s Himalayan Program designed the Pragatishil Pahad Project (PPP) to support 2,000 households in remote communities of Rasuwa, Dhading, Gorkha and Sankhuwasabha to rebuild in a way that makes their communities more resilient in the face of climate change and future natural disasters. TMI Himalayas Program

11/24/16: Exclusive interview – Drought in Ancash, Peru. (Spanish)

UNASAM meteorologist Rafael Figueroa Tauquino: “The rain will be delayed, authorities should declare agriculture in Ancash, Peru in a state of emergency.” TMI Andes Program

11/23/16: Mountain Stewards are Key to Global Water

An update and perspective from TMI’s Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Taber after the COP22 UN Climate Summit held in Marrakech, Morocco. TMI HQ

11/22/16: Farmer Researchers Facing Climate Change. (Spanish)

The Regional Forum for Farmer Research, “Yachachickunahuan Tincushun,” organized by The Mountain Institute, brought together more than 60 representatives from Taricá district and Cordillera Blanca, Canrey Chico in Recuay. TMI Andes Program

6/6/16: Hunger in Shangri-la: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the World’s Mountains

Published in New Security Beat, the blog of The Environmental Change and Security Program at The Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. This op-ed focuses on the alarming increase in food insecurity in the world’s mountains. This trend is under-recognized by development experts and governments, a dangerous oversight with far-reaching social and environmental repercussions. TMI HQ

4/23/16: “Sanadores del Agua”  (Healers of the Water)

Somos Magazine, El Comercio newspaper, Lima Peru. (Spanish) This is the story of how the Cordillera Blanca Community developed innovative solutions to counter pollution in their water source, the Rio Negro. As glaciers retreat due to climate change, meltwater runs over exposed rock and can carry toxic minerals and other contaminants downstream. The area profiled is in the district and province of Recuay, in the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve in Ancash, Peru. TMI Andes Program Pdf of Spanish article.  English translation here.

Experts & Issues

Andrew Taber

Executive Director, The Mountain Institute (TMI)
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Protected Areas Management
  • Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems
  • International Environmental Policy (Mountains)

Meeta Pradhan

Director, TMI Himalayas Program 
  • High-Mountain Societies
  • Social Inclusion, Gender Equality and Rural Poverty
  • Rural, Community-based Entrepreneurship
  • Climate Change Adaptations – Himalayan Communities (Nepal)

Jorge Recharte

Director, TMI Andes Program
  • Hybrid Science – innovative solutions from combining local, traditional knowledge with modern science
  • High-Mountain Societies and Ecosystems
  • Mountain Sustainable Development – from on-the-ground practice to policy
  • Climate Change Adaptations – Andean Communities
Since 1972 The Mountain Institute has partnered with remote mountain communities in the highest, longest and oldest mountains of the world. We work together to conserve ecosystems, develop sustainable livelihoods and protect unique mountain cultures.