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7/18/17: Inauguration of Bioremediation System, Shallap-Huapish-Toclla canal – Ancash Region, Peru. 

This efficient bioremediation system of ponds and artificial wetlands combines the best of traditional knowledge and modern science to greatly reduce mineral levels in the water flowing through the canal. This pilot project of The Mountain Institute’s Andes Program benefits over 2,000 people who use the canal water for drinking and irrigating crops in Campanayoc, Macashca, Quinchu, Pukaventana, Queral, Rataquenua and Los Pinos, among other sectors. TMI Andes

7/16/17: TMI Himalayan Program initiates Citizen Scientist Approach to Restore Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) in the Wild

The biodiversity monitoring component of our MAPs Program is getting a boost thanks to a new collaboration with Kathmandu College of Forestry which is affiliated with Tribhuvan University. TMI Himalayas

7/13/17: “Help Wanted: Vulnerable mountains with communities mired in poverty need more champions”

Article in The Straits Times, by Nirmal Gosh. TMI Executive Director quoted along with studies by The Mountain Partnership/FAO. TMI HQ

7/5/17: Our Ancestral Technologies and Climate Change Project has been selected as “one of the 10 best Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) practices in the Latin American and Caribbean region.” 

This regional contest is convened by UN Environment – REGATTA and Practical Action with the objective of  documenting and disseminating stories of successful implementation of EbA technologies and practices.  The award includes publication of our project case study in an upcoming book,  “Evidence on Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Cases in Latin America and the Caribbean” and a bi-lingual webinar showcasing EbA regional projects.  We will also be recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme – Regatta. Our project focused on the communities of Miraflores and Canchayllo in the Nor Yauyos Cochas Reserve, Peruvian Andes. TMI Andes

7/4/17: Himalayan Program staff members attending IPROMO Summer Course in Italy.

Umesh Basnet and Ichchha Thapa, Program Officers with our Himalayan Program, are part of the  IPROMO Summer Course in Ormea, Italy focused on “Environmental and economic issues to enhance mountain sustainability.” The course includes lectures, seminars, group work and field trips on a range of issues–natural resources, watershed and soils management, disaster risk reduction, climate change, economic development, mountain forestry and governance. IPROMO lecturers come from the United Nations, universities, international organizations and NGOs. TMI Himalayas

7/1/17: First issue of  The Mountain Institute’s PEAK NEWS!

We’re launching a monthly e-blast to keep subscribers, followers, partners and donors up to date. E-mailed, posted and shared on the first of each month, PEAK NEWS gives brief highlights and links to our Institute’s work in the Andes, Himalayas and Western USA. Subscribe at the bottom of this page!  TMI HQ

6/27/17: “Time lag between glacial retreat and upward migration alters tropical alpine communities” research article by Anaïs Zimmer and colleagues published in ELSEVIER – Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.

Lead author, Anais Zimmer is TMI’s Specialist in Natural Resources, Agronomy and Climate Change working with our Andes Program in Peru. Her article details findings from studies on how plant communities migrate upward as glaciers retreat. TMI Andes

6/16/17: TMI’s Ancestral Technologies and Climate Change Project Named a Top Ten Finalist in 2017 Solution Search Contest, “Farming for Biodiversity.”

This contest is a unique effort to identify and celebrate innovative agriculture solutions that strengthen biodiversity and its benefits to food security, livelihoods and nutrition. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000. Voting extended to July 11th. TMI Andes

6/15/17: Photo Story – 80,000 Trees – One by One! 

The Mountain Institute has joined forces with the European Outdoor Conservation Association’s (EOCA) 2 Million Trees Project in a reforesting project in remote mountain areas of Nepal. In partnership with local communities, we’ll be planting 80,000 native and locally grown trees in Gorkha, Dhading and Sankhuwasabha districts. TMI Himalayas

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. TMI HQ

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

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

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 

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 

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  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
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