Why Mountains Matter

In recognition of International Mountain Day celebrated on December 11th each year, I wanted to share with you the short video created by the Mountain Partnership to highlight Why Mountains Matter and the sustainable development issues surrounding them.

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Two Colorado nonprofits collaborate to give North American Mountains a global voice

Two Colorado nonprofits—the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) and the Telluride Institute—have submitted a major report on sustainable development in North American mountain ecosystems and communities for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, a.k.a. Rio+20. The report begins with a brief description of eight major North American mountain ranges, followed by discussions on 11 themes: water, glaciers, mineral, biodiversity, climate change, encroachment/wildland-urban interface, conservation/protected areas, recreation/ecotourism, mountain events, mineral extraction, and poverty/wealth discrepancies. Finally, the report highlights institutional/organizational initiatives on sustainable mountain development that are taking place within North America.

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AIMF leading efforts to coordinate a Report for Rio+20

December 15, 2011—Aspen, CO—Preparations for the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012 are well underway. But unlike other parts of the world, North America’s mountainous regions have not yet mobilized to provide input; so we risk not having our issues and our views included in materials presented at the Summit. These materials will help inform and guide important policy decisions dealing with sustainable development over the next decades. Therefore, AIMF and the Telluride Institute (TI) have joined forces to help coordinate a report that describes some of what has been going on in North America for the past 20 years. 

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Climate change bridges gap between Aspen and Uganda

Aspen, CO— November 27, 2011— Aspen resident Jim True discovered earlier this month that concerns over climate change in mountainous areas can bridge gaps between a wealthy, pre-dominantly white ski resort in America and a subsistence farming village in Uganda, Africa.

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UN Mountain Partnership Coordinator, Doug McGuire, visits AIMF

On March 10-11, 2011, the Coordinator of the United Nations Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Douglas McGuire, visited Aspen and Basalt as AIMF’s guest. Mr. McGuire was in Orem, Utah attending the Women of the Mountains conference (see adjacent News article), and was pleased to accept AIMF’s invitation to visit Aspen and Basalt, which were inducted into the Mountain Partnership membership in 2010.

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Davenport hosts United Nations Mountain Day

ASPEN, CO—December 2, 2010— The Aspen International Mountain Foundation and the City of Aspen have teamed up to present a celebration of sustainable mountain living honoring United Nations Mountain Day.

Aspen first city in nation to join Mountain Partnership

Aspen, CO—August 24, 2010— The City of Aspen has been welcomed as the newest member of the Mountain Partnership, an international voluntary alliance dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.

“By joining, Aspen is becoming part of a partnership that is comprised of 50 countries, 16 intergovernmental organizations and over 100 major non-governmental organizations,” said Sally Spaulding, community relations director for the City of Aspen. “Membership, which is free, will stimulate sharing of diverse resources, knowledge and expertise on topics such as global warming and watershed management.”

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Peak to Peak Mountain Partnership newsletter

September, 2010 Newsletter— We wish to welcome three new members who have recently joined the Mountain Partnership: the city of Aspen (Colorado, USA), the Aspen International Mountain Foundation and the Sultan Qaboos University (Oman).