Instituto de Montaña News
04/06/2022: The second phase of the project “Positioning evidence on the economic recovery potential of nature-based solutions in Peru (ERP-NbS Peru)” has startedWithin the framework of the Nature-Based Solutions Initiative in Peru, promoted by the Instituto de Montaña, the second phase of the project “Positioning the evidence of the potential of Nature-based Solutions for economic recovery” has begun. ERP-NbS is carried out in partnership with the University of Oxford and Bangladesh/ICCCAD Nature-based Solutions Initiatives and with financial support from the Oxford Martin School. The project aims to improve the understanding of the economic recovery potential of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in the short and long term and to make this knowledge inform policy design in a post-pandemic context. In its first phase, during the year 2021, the project carried out a multi-case study through nine NbS implemented in Peru. The selected cases represent a diversity of scales, NbS types, implementers, and geographic regions. As part of the study, the impact of NbS on a set of economic dimensions, such as employment, livelihood diversification, income, and production, was analyzed. In addition, the impacts on other key dimensions for long-term sustainable development were also analyzed: equity and social capital, food and water security, adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction, and cost-benefit ratios. The repercussions of the pandemic on NbS and whether and how they helped cushion the crisis were also documented. In this second stage, the project will be dedicated to completing and synthesizing the evidence collected and communicating the findings to decision-makers and professionals from the public-private sector and civil society, in order to support economic recovery plans, as well as climate and development policies in the country. Visit this link to learn more about the project.
03/04/2022: Peru is included in the World Monuments Watch 2022 with the Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural LandscapeLast Tuesday, March 1, the World Monuments Fund announced the inclusion of the Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape of Peru in the Watch 2022; a selection of 25 extraordinary sites around the world that deserve special attention. The Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape is located 120 km south of the city of Lima and at an altitude of 3,600 meters, in the Peasant Community of Miraflores, province of Yauyos, department of Lima. Likewise, it is located within the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve (RPNYC), which is administered by the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP). This is an example of the ancient technologies for water management that were developed since pre-Inca times and that are currently gaining significance as an innovative solution to deal with the impacts of climate change. This space is also an important symbol of identity for current Miraflores and an outstanding example of the technology used by their ancestors. For this reason, and within the framework of the project “Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation”, the Instituto de Montaña, in alliance with the Peasant Community of Miraflores, the Municipality of Miraflores, and the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, presented the application of this important site to Watch 2022.
02/27/2022: Our “Scaling Up Mountain EbA” project restarts its activitiesAfter two years of pause, the project “Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Building Evidence, Replicating Success, and Informing Policy” (Scaling Up Mountain EbA) has restarted its activities in the peasant communities of Miraflores, Tomas, Tanta, and Canchayllo. In this last phase, the project will be focused on generating knowledge and exchanging products for political advocacy.
09/30/2021: Bioremediation initiative wins the Solution Search awardLast Thursday, September 23, Solution Search announced Instituto de Montaña as the winner of the global Water Pollution and Behavior Change contest in the Public Vote category. Our initiative, which seeks to restore the water quality of the Río Negro in Ancash, was announced as the solution most voted by the public during BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution, a virtual summit organized by Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment (BE.Center), and will receive a $ 25,000 prize. «At Instituto de Montaña we take care of life in the mountains by working with local communities. And we are very honored to receive the Search for Solution: Water Pollution and Behavior Change award, which is a recognition of the deep knowledge, effort and perseverance of the communities that protect the quality of the water that comes from the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. At the same time, this award is an incentive to continue committing to working with communities to jointly find nature-based solutions and centered on people”, said Cecila Turín, leader of the Punas Agua project. Selected from 100 applications from 33 countries around the world, our initiative was ranked in the top 10 and is now the winner of this contest that showcases, highlights, and accelerates existing solutions that use behavioral science to help solve the world’s most challenging environmental problems world.
05/14/2021: “NUESTRO RIO”, New project that seeks to understand the problems of water quality in the SANTA river basin“Nuestro Rio (Our River): local perspectives on the quality of the water in the Santa River, Peru” aims to understand the water quality problems that affect the mountain populations of the Santa River basin, which is born in the glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca, in Ancash. Through this initiative, the water quality of the Santa River and its affluents will be documented through photographs and testimonies, from the perspective of those who live, work and visit the place. To collect the images and perceptions, the mobile phone application “Nuestro Río” has been developed, which will facilitate the involvement of citizens in data collection. “Nuestro Río” is a project developed by the University of Plymouth (United Kingdom), the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), the National Institute for Glacier and Mountain Ecosystem Research (INAIGEM), and Instituto de Montaña (IdM), funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (UK).
04/12/2021: 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and The Caribbean (SDLAC)Instituto de Montaña’s vice president, Florencia Zapata, participated as a panelist in the thematic table “Solutions based on Nature in the water sector” in the framework of the 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (SDLAC). The conference, organized by the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and the Council for Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) of the MacMillan Center, took place virtually the week of April 5 to 9, 2021 and the central theme was the «Recovering from the pandemic through sustainability». Link to video.
03/10/2021: New FEBA 2020-2021 Annual Newsletter is now availableThe newsletter features the Ecosystem-based Adaptation activities of Friends of EbA and its more than 80 member organizations implemented in 2020, as well as key events, publications and projects planned for 2021. The newsletter is available to view and download here and, along with all newsletters from previous years, is also available on the new FEBA website.
02/03/2021: «Livestock Policy», new publication now availableLivestock Policy is a recently published e-book that brings together the research, knowledge and opinions of the authors on livestock policies in their respective countries, today and frequently going back to the past; the book provides a fertile substrate for the emergence of future policies in the sector. The publication has been edited by the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) and includes the chapter “Politics and livestock in the Andes: Recent history in Ancash, Peru”, written by Jorge Recharte (IdM) and Luis Oscanoa.
12/28/2020: The Mountain Institute Transitions to Instituto de Montaña (Peru)After nearly a half century protecting critical mountain ecosystems and promoting prosperous livelihoods to create resilient mountain communities, The Mountain Institute (TMI) is concluding its role as a U.S.-based nonprofit organization. However, its main operations, online platforms, key programs and legacy continue and are now embedded into its former Andes Program—Instituto de Montaña. This transition is the culmination of a process begun several years ago. More details in this press release.
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4/14/2020: “Knowledge Dialogues and Climate Change: Integrating Participatory Approaches in the Design of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Measures in the Peruvian Andes.”This book chapter by Florencia Zapata and Erin Gleeson of TMI’s Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation Program has been published in a new book by Springer: “Climate Change, Hazards and Adaptation Options: Handling the Impacts of a Changing Climate.” This highly international book covers many countries and describes in detail research and projects on climate change risks and hazards. It addresses the issue of climate change risks and hazards holistically, presenting studies and research findings and offering a catalogue of potential adaptation options that can be explored. It also includes case studies providing illustrative and inspiring examples of how we can adapt to a changing climate. A preview of the chapter that highlights our Mt EbA-Peru project is available on the book’s homepage via the link above.
12/3-13/2019: Scaling Up Mountain EbA Program at COP25 Madrid, SpainMirella Gallardo and Jaymee Silva represented TMI’s Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation (Mt EbA) Program at the United Nations Climate Summit in Madrid. As panelists and presenters, TMI staff joined with partners including IUCN, ICIMOD, CIP, IIED and OIKOS to keep mountain issues at the forefront. An informational booth and side events surrounding International Mountain Day were main highlights. Link to video shown at our COP25 booth. Link to Mt EbA brochure distributed at COP25 here.
11/5/2019: Scaling up Mountain EbA-Peru project in “II Symposium on Restoring Amazon, Andean and Coastal Forest Ecosystems” held at ESAN University, Lima PeruMirella Gallardo, Mt EbA-Peru Project Coordinator participated in this symposium organized by the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) . Her presentation covered how an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach is an effective strategy for restoring mountain ecosystems and adapting to climate change. More about our Mountain EbA Program here.
10/14/2019: III Congress of Latin American and Caribbean Natural Protected Areas, Lima, PeruMirella Gallardo and Florencia Zapata of TMI-Andes and Karen Podvin of IUCN-South represented our Scaling Up Mountain EbA Program. Their presentations were based on experience in the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve of Peru and covered climate change adaptation, solutions based on nature and traditional/indigenous knowledge, and the restoration of ancient water technologies in high mountains. More about Mt EbA-Peru here.
8/24—9/7/2019: Climate Change Course II, Lima, PeruRepresentatives of The Mountain Institute and IUCN-South taught aspects of Ecosystem Based Adaptation (AbE), including tools for monitoring and evaluating of climate change adaptation. Students from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, National University of San Marcos participated in this Climate Change course. This project is implemented in Peru in collaboration with the National Protected Areas Service (SERNANP), the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve, and the Ministry of Environment of Peru. More about Mountain EbA here.
8/12/2019: Mountain EbA Presentation at the XVII SEPIA – Permanent Seminar on Agricultural Research, Puno, PeruSince 1985, SEPIA has promoted research and decentralized debate on rural, agricultural and environmental issues from a multidisciplinary and diversified perspective. Florencia Zapata, from TMI-Andes presented a recent paper: “Dialogues of knowledge and climate change: Integrating participatory approaches and Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Peruvian Andes.” More about Mountain EbA-Peru here.
6/15/2019: 5th EbA Knowledge Day, Bonn, GermanyThis annual event was organized by GIZ, IUCN and IIED, to bring together policy makers, professionals, researchers and donors working on issues related to climate adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience. The main objective of the event was to share knowledge about approaches to strengthening Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in national and international policy frameworks. Scaling Up Mountain EbA Program staff from both TMI and IUCN participated. More about Mountain EbA here.
6/13/2019: Field Study on Geo-Ecological Systems in the communities of Tomas and Miraflores, Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve, Peru.Research on how the impacts of land use change and climate change are changing how the Puna and mountain geo-ecosystems function was led by the University of Amsterdam in cooperation with TMI-Andes. This research project is part of the master’s course “Field Study of Geo-Ecological Systems.” Field research focused on the sub-basins of Tomas and Miraflores, where the communities, the Mountain Institute and the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve implement the Scaling Up Mountain EbA projects. More about Mountain EbA-Peru here.
6/13/2019: Virtual Course, “Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable and Resilient Development,” Bio Bio, ChileThe course’s Module II covered Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Professionals from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru shared their experiences in working with this methodology in their respective countries. This course was organized by TMI-Andes and our IUCN partner, the Ministry of Environment of Chile and the Regional Ministry of Environment, Biobío region of Chile. More about Mountain EbA-Colombia here. Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation Program, made by IUCN, our implementing partner for Bhutan.
2/20/19: “Back-to-the-Future Solutions” – new photo story about our award-winning RETAMA initiative in the Peruvian Andes.RETAMA is the Spanish acronym for “Restoring Ancestral Technologies and Water Management.” This initiative builds upon our USAID-funded projects in Peru’s Ancash province and on Mountain Ecosystem-based Adapations projects in the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve. RETAMA won the 2018 St Andrews Prize for the Environment.
1/28/19: “Indigenous Communities Model How to Adapt to Climate Change” by TMI’s Jorge Recharte–feature article in Senior Hiker Magazine.This is an expanded and updated version of Recharte’s op-ed that was first published in the World Post/Washington Post in December, 2017.
1/26/19: TMI Senior Fellow Dr. Jeremy Spoon, Richard Arnold and collaborators to accept the 2019 Robert A. and Beverly H. Hackenberg Prize at the Society for Applied Anthropolgy’s annual meeting in Portland, OR.Jeremy Spoon, Richard Arnold and their collaborators will present the results of their decade-long Numic Project on Thursday, March 21st in Portland as part of the Hackenberg Distinguished Lecture series. Their presentation is entitled, “Revitalizing Numic Homelands: Blending Culture and Collaboration in the Great Basin and Upper Mohave Deserts.”
1/25/19: “An integrated community and ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in mountain systems.”Congratulations to our associate, Julia Klein and to TMI Senior Fellow, Meeta Pradhan, TMI former Executive Director, Andrew Taber and all authors for their article just published in Science Direct, Environmental Science and Policy. The Celebration was held in Kathmandu and organized by the Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee and the Nepal Tourism Board.
1/17/19: “TMI’s Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Program Recognized as “2019 Outstanding Practice in Agroecology”The World Future Council has just announced that our MAPs Program was among the 15 winning practices from the global South. These outstanding projects were chosen from 77 nominations from 44 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
1/16/19: TMI Solution Search initiative included in RARE’s new report, “Farming for Biodiversity: Proven Solutions Meet Global Policy.”This report is based on an in-depth analysis of the proven solutions submitted under the 2017 Solution Search contest. It responds to the accelerating loss of biodiversity globally, while also identifying the common success factors that allow for replication, and a blueprint for scaling the adoption of sustainable behaviors needed to protect biodiversity globally. See our winning Andes initiative on pg 10 and 19. Solution Search award (Water Impact category) and The St Andrews Prize for the Environment.
11/18/18: “Committed to Biodiversity” presented by the International Climate Initiative (IKI)
9/21/18: IDL radio Interview with TMI Andes Program director, Dr. Jorge RecharteLink to video of an extensive interview with Dr. Recharte on the “No Hay Derecho” program hosted by Glatzer Tuesta. Lima, Peru.
9/10/18: “Solutions in Focus: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation from Mountains to Oceans – How people adapt to climate change by using nature.”A new GIZ publication features our “Restoring Ancient Water Management Systems” project in Peru. The 30 solutions profiled aim to inspire policy and decision makers as well as project developers, showing that EbA has ‘many faces’ and is being implemented successfully by a broad range of actors and organizations.
8/12/18: Our “Securing Mountain Water and Livelihoods” initiative featured in recent USAID case study.The USAID publication: “Maintaining Water Security in Peru through Green Infrastructure” highlights three recent projects piloting a range of EbA and hybrid adaptation activities that generated notable results and contributed to the design and implementation of EbA approaches. More about our SMW&L initiative here.
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. (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.”
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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 Participation 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.
We are proud to announce the launch of our new Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Program. This three-year initiative will expand the use of nature-based solutions in key mountain areas of Nepal, Peru and Uganda and will encourage the adoption of the EbA approach in neighboring Bhutan, Kenya and Colombia. TMI leads this new program and is implementing it jointly with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 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 with our subscribers each month, PEAK NEWS gives brief highlights and links to our Institute’s work in the Andes, Himalayas and Western USA. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to subscribe! 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
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