Disaster risk management


Mountains are hazardous places.
Many mountain communities live under the threat of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions caused by shifting tectonic plates.
Gravity pushing down on sloping land compounds the destructive power of storms and heavy rains, producing avalanches, landslides and floods. Population growth, climate change and unsustainable natural resource management practices are putting dangerous pressure on the mountain ecosystems and making mountain communities increasingly vulnerable to disasters.

Women, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to disasters. And in many mountain areas, it is these members of the community that are looking after mountain homesteads, as the men move to lowland cities or abroad to earn a better income and support their family through remittances.

Forces from outside mountain communities, such as commercial logging interests and market-driven agricultural production, also put pressure on mountain ecosystems. All of this can lead to deforestation and environmental degradation. The loss of forest cover deprives mountain communities of a protective barrier against landslides and avalanches and further contributes to increased soil erosion and water run off.

To reduce the risks of disasters in mountain areas it is urgent to increase awareness and to develop integrated strategies and policies on disaster risk management at the national level. Policy-makers involved with disaster risk management cannot afford to neglect mountains, considering the high number of natural hazards in mountain areas and the high vulnerability of mountain communities. 

Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop

Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop

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The Central Asia Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Workshop addresses the interlinked challenges of food security, climate change, disaster risk reduction and energy through an integrated climate smart agriculture approach.

CSA, though relatively new, is attracting increasing interest and attention in various parts of the world including in Central...

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Solar cookers for families in Tajik mountains

Solar cookers for families in Tajik mountains

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Thanks to the funds collected by a Norwegian volunteer, nine families, who were affected by the earthquake that struck the Bartang Valley of the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan in December 2015, received solar parabolic cookers. Little Earth can be proud of its volunteers. Several years ago, a woman from...

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Call for abstracts: Caucasus Mountain Forum

Call for abstracts: Caucasus Mountain Forum

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Designed to be a meeting place for scientists, policy makers and practitioners, the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2016 will provide an opportunity for different kinds of contributions. The Scientific Network will organize the Forum for the Caucasus Mountain Region in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 27 November-1 December and invite submissions for the...

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Monsoon in the mountains of India

Monsoon in the mountains of India

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The onset of the southwest monsoon never fails to revive old memories and hopes for the quintessential Ooty dweller for whom the monsoon is something to endure as well as to enjoy.

After the hectic days of the summer when Ooty, the first Hill Station of the British...

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Peruvian engineer wins Mountain Legacy medal

Peruvian engineer wins Mountain Legacy medal

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Peruvian engineer César Augusto Portocarrero Rodríguez will be presented the 2017 Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal on 11 December 2016, International Mountain Day, Nepalese NGO Mountain Legacy announced. Portocarrero has directed projects to mitigate the danger of outburst floods from numerous glacial lakes in the Andes, saving thousands of...

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Group for sustainable Himalayan development

Group for sustainable Himalayan development

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In a bid to mobilize support and commitment to regional cooperation for sustainable mountain development, the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Partnership for Sustainable Mountain Development was endorsed by ministers and high-level government representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan and...

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