NEWS & UPDATES
7/16/18: New publication – Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) program brochure.Our Himalayan Program has just released it’s latest brochure for the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants program in Nepal. TMI’s been improving livelihoods in Nepal’s remote mountain communities since 2001. More than 18,000 highland farmers trained–40% are women. Conservation, cultivation and resilience in 100+ mountain villages!
5/22/18: Darwin Initiative grant just awarded to the Snow Leopard Conservancy for the “Sustaining snow leopard conservation through strengthened local institutions and enterprises” project. TMI is a proud partner in this project!According to Dr. Rodney Jackson, SLC Director and TMI Senior Fellow, “Nepal is adopting the new Federal Constitution aimed at devolving more powers to the local municipality level, thereby giving local communities a greater role in biodiversity conservation. The Darwin Initiative support comes at the perfect time, enabling the Snow Leopard Conservancy and partners to greatly expand important grassroots, community-driven actions benefitting snow leopards in 2 of Nepal’s most important mountain protected areas.”
4/25/18: The Mountain Institute is honored to receive the 2018 St Andrews Prize for the Environment!Our “Restoring Ancient Water Technologies” project (central Andes, Peru) has received the $100K prize. This is a recognition of how urgent it is to find solutions that secure mountain peoples’ water and livelihoods. And the importance of developing solutions that are deeply rooted in local cultures. TMI-A (Link here to short video of announcement and interview with Dr. Recharte.)
4/23/18: Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Program – Global team meets in Lima, Peru.The Mountain EbA staff from TMI and IUCN representing Nepal, Peru, Uganda, Bhutan, Kenya and Colombia are meeting in Lima. This is a rare opportunity for all countries to collaborate face-to-face as they plan and implement EbA measures in specific mountain areas and inform policy in others. (link to Spanish-language article.)
4/13/18: International Climate Initiative (IKI) interview with TMI Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Taber.In this interview, “Saving the world one mountain village at a time!” Dr. Taber explains the importance of adapting to climate change in mountain regions. “By combining traditional knowledge with the latest science we can better protect the world’s mountains.”
12/11/17: Make a Difference on Mountain Day!
12/6/17: Dr. Jorge Recharte’s Op-Ed published in the Washington Post, “These indigenous communities are models for how to adapt to climate change.”Mountain villages are preparing for a future without glaciers. Dr. Recharte’s op-ed features two TMI initiatives in the central Andes of Peru and showcases indigenous mountain communities’ innovative adaptations to climate change. TMI-Andes
12/4/17: Páramo Conservation and Innovation Platform Wins “2017 Cultura del Agua” Award.The Ministry of Agriculture and National Water Authority (ANA) of Peru recently recognized the Páramo Conservation and Innovation Platform as a national example of best practices in community-based conservation of water-regulating ecosystems. The platform was developed as a result of TMI’s technical support. It has grown from three grassroots conservation groups in 2014 to include 20 organizations in 2017. TMI-Andes.
11/29/17: TMI Senior Fellow Dr. Johan Reinhard to receive the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.Anthropologist, archaeologist and Mountain Institute Senior Fellow, Dr. Johan Reinhard has been selected for remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountainous regions. The award will be presented at the Mountain Museum in Pokhara, Nepal, on December 11 (International Mountain Day) during Nepal’s annual Mountain Festival. TMI-Himalayas.
11/17/17: The Mountain Institute wins “Water Impact” Award in Solution Search “Farming for Biodiversity” Contest.At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23) the global Solution Search contest named TMI’s Ancestral Technologies and Climate Change initiative as the winner in the “Water Impact” category. Full press release and photos at link above. TMI-Andes.
11/3/17: TMI Presentations and Mountain-related Events at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany–COP23.TMI Executive Director, Andrew Taber and Florencia Zapata, Deputy Director of Institutional Development for our Andes Program will represent TMI at COP23 key events. TMI-HQ.
10/26/17: Announcing Training Workshop at Mountain Partnership Global Meeting in Rome on December 14 and 15: “Mainstreaming EbA into Development Planning”In cooperation with IUCN, TMI will offer a training course developed by GIZ to help participants become familiar with the latest international political and conceptual discussions on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) mainstreaming issues. The workshop will provide an overview on the basic steps of the EbA mainstreaming cycle and will focus specifically on mountain ecosystems. Application for Mountain Partnership members here. TMI-MtEbA.
From medicinal plants to snow leopards, awards, articles and inaugurations – there are lots of updates to share. TMI-HQ
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
7/5/17: 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
7/1/17: 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
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