Celebrating International Mountain Day 2015


Celebrating International Mountain Day

Promoting Mountain Products for Better Livelihoods

The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December as ‘International Mountain Day’. ICIMOD has observed the day annually to create awareness on the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments in the HKH region and beyond.

The theme for this year's International Mountain Day is 'Promoting Mountain Products for Better Livelihoods’. Globalisation offers opportunities for mountain producers to market their high quality mountain products such as coffee, cocoa, honey, herbs, spices and handicrafts at the regional, national, and international levels. Though mountain agriculture cannot compete with the prices and volumes of lowland production, it can concentrate on high value, high quality products to boost local economies.  

International Mountain Day 2015 provides an occasion to highlight how mountain communities are protecting biodiversity by producing a large variety of typical products and providing crucial goods and services to all of us.

Centre-level Activities

  1. Message from the Director General
  2. A feature article "High-value mountain products promote sustainable livelihoods" by Surendra Raj Joshi
  3. A slide show on mountain products
  4. A Knowledge Forum on 'Promoting Mountain Products for Better Livelihoods in the Nepal Himalaya' by Dr Hari Krishna Upadhaya, Founder and Executive Chairperson of CEAPRED
  5. Present  ICT for Mountain Development Award 2015
    On the occasion of the World Environment Day (WED) 2015, ICIMOD launched the ‘ICT for Mountain Development Award’ which recognises innovations in information and communications technology for development (ICTD) that can help promote mountain development and environmental conservation in the region. Following the screening and evaluation of the submissions, the awards will be announced during the International Mountain Day event at ICIMOD. 
  6. Organise a TV talk show on NTV on 'Traditional knowledge and access and benefit sharing on biodiversity resources, with the participation of policymakers from relevant Ministries

Regional-Level Activities

  • Nepal
    Participate in the 13th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), 10 - 14 December 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal.  ICIMOD will award the Best ICIMOD Mountain Film at KIMFF 2015. The award was set up in 2013 to support filmmakers from ICIMOD's member countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan working to document stories and raise awareness on issues related to sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. 

    A talk show titled- Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit sharing in Nepal' is being telecast tonight at 9:30 pm in Nepal Television. 
    The show highlights the importance of access to genetic resources and traditional knowledge in Nepal. The speakers will discuss on need of legislative instrument to support Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) mechanism in Nepal. They emphasized the need of early ratification of Nagoya protocol and ABS bill endorsement. The Government of Nepal has already drafted ABS bill and in process of endorsement from the Parliament. 

    For your information, colleagues from Ecosystem Services of ICIMOD were involved in organizing this show. 

    Below are the details of the programme and speakers

    Programme Details

    Name of the Programme: Parbatiya Awaj (Voices from the Mountains)
    Channel: Nepal Television
    Time: 9:30 pm
    Date: 10 December 2015

  • Hon’ble Janak Raj Chaudhary, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment Protection
  • Dr. K.C. Poudel, Secretary, Ministry of Environment Dr.
  • Dr. Udaya Chandra Thakur, Secretary, Ministry of Forest 
  • Dr K.P. Oli – Former Staff member of ICIMOD  

  • Moderator: Gajurdhan Rai, Nepal TV

  • India
    Launch of the CLIMATE+CHANGE exhibition in New Delhi, India in conjunction with India-ICIMOD Week 2015 - Partnership for Sustainable Mountain Development, 11-15 December 2015. 

    Eco Concept, an ICIMOD Knowledge Partner, is organising a three-day community exposure visit to Mawlynnong in Meghalaya for selected students from Guwahati and Meghalaya to learn about good practices of sustainable mountain farming, challenges and opportunities associated with promotion of mountain products, including tourism services and sustainable use of forest resources, so that they can in turn share the knowledge acquired at their schools.
  • Bangladesh
    Dr Surendra Joshi from ICIMOD will be delivering a keynote at the International Mountain Day event being organized by ICIMOD partners in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The youth participants will also be leading a rally to draw the attention of the public and policymakers to the importance of promoting mountain products to improve rural livelihoods. 

  • Bhutan
    Bhutan Media and Communications Institute, an ICIMOD Knowledge Partner, is organising a half- day workshop in Thimphu to provide a platform for farmers and agri-based entrepreneurs /organisations to come together and discuss issues of mutual interest. The Bhutanese government has put a lot of focus on the need to increase agricultural productivity to make Bhutan food self-sufficient and boost entrepreneurship to improve rural livelihoods.

  • Pakistan
    ICIMOD, in collaboration with the Government of Gilgit Baltistan, Karakoram International University (KIU), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), FOCUS, WWF-GB and local communities, is organising a half day workshop  on "Assessment of the scope of value chain development of mountain products for livelihood improvement and understanding vulnerability of mountain ecosystems" at Karakoram University in Gilgit Baltistan. Experts will share knowledge at the workshop and also lead panel discussions.

Poster International Mountain Day 2015
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