Celebrating International Mountain Day 2013


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrated the International Mountain Day on 11 December 2013 by organizing a series of activities in Nepal, Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan. 

In line with the year’s theme ‘Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future’, ICIMOD focused on celebrating how mountains are crucial in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth in the context of poverty eradication, and on drawing attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. 

In his message, ICIMOD’s Director General Dr David Molden emphasized the need for broader partnerships to collaborate on finding practical solutions to the challenges facing the mountain communities. 

“We must collaborate for a common ground for the region and seek interdisciplinary approach that focuses on inclusive growth so that no one is left behind,” said Dr David Molden. “We must devise innovative financing mechanisms and bring private sector on board the Mountain Agenda, and we must foster and enhance transboundary cooperation to share data and knowledge.”

Coinciding with the Day, ICIMOD and GlacierWorks launched Climate+Change, an interactive science exhibition, to a crowd of over 500 visitors in Kathmandu. The exhibition – set to run from 11 December 2013 through 13 April 2014 – pairs stunning photography from David Breashears and GlacierWorks with science from ICIMOD to illustrate and explain changes in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. 

The winner of the ICIMOD Mountain Film Award at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) was 86 Centimetres, a film by Tsering Gyeltshen (Bhutanese) and Peterjan van der Burgh (Dutch) and produced by Henk de Jong based on the threats of climate change in Bhutan. The aim of this award was to support film makers from the ICIMOD member countries of Afghanistan,  Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

In Pakistan, ICIMOD’s country office collaborated with the Ministry of National Food Security and ResearchPakistan Agricultural Research CouncilIUCN-Pakistan, and Mountain & Glacier Protection Organization to celebrate the International Mountain Day. The celebrations focused on how new opportunities could bring benefits to highland and lowland communities without contributing to the degradation of mountain socio-ecosystems. In Bangladesh, the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs collaborated with the FAO Country Office to celebrate the Day for the first time. Dr David Molden sent a special message to the people and Government of Bangladesh. ICIMOD also supported a seminar on ‘Mountains and People’ and a photographic exhibition on the same topic. 

In China, the Chinese Committee on International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (CNICIMOD) Secretariat and the Yangtze River Research Branch of the Geographical Society of China (GSC)  jointly organized a workshop on ‘Mountain Development in the Yangtze River Basin’ in Chengdu, Sichuan province, from 10 to 14 December 2013.

The workshop focused on mountain development and capacity building,  mountain ecological environmental protection, mountain disaster and security, and natural, social, and economic harmonious development of mountain and plain in the Yangtze River Basin. About 60 experts attended the workshop from ICIMOD and domestic research institutes and universities. The annual meeting of CNICIMOD was also held during the workshop.