Traditional knowledge

Tassili n’Ajjer is a mountain range in the Sahara Desert, famous as one of the best examples of prehistoric cave art in the world. The area where Tassili n’Ajjer is situated had a different climate when the rock paintings were created, with regular rainfall and vegetation.

Long before the advent of digital repositories, human knowledge was hosted as rock paintings or engravings in mountain caves.

Some cave artists clearly understood both the anatomy of the animals they depicted and their principles of motion, the result of intense observation. Rock art was  thought-provoking, and the thoughts it provoked provided the impetus for men and women to lay the foundations of theories of life and the universe.

 

Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

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The Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership (MP) will take place 21-22 October in Mbale, Uganda. This Global Meeting, three years after the last one, which took place in Erzurum, Turkey, will provide members with an opportunity to discuss delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, which include three mountain-related targets,...

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Mountain pastures and livestock farming facing uncertainty: environmental, technical and socio-economic challenges

Mountain pastures and livestock farming facing uncertainty: environmental, technical and socio-economic challenges

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (FAO-CIHEAM) subnetwork on Mountain Pastures aims to share scientific and technical knowledge on mountain pastures and livestock farming, for which, among other activities, it organizes biennial meetings in...

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Submissions for UN report on mountains

Submissions for UN report on mountains

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) is currently compiling summaries of the most important results of mountain development activities since July 2013 for the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Report on Sustainable Mountain Development.

Now requested every three years, the MPS and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations,...

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Mountain Research and Development issue online

Mountain Research and Development issue online

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When exploring pathways for sustainable development, knowledge about context matters just as much as our understanding of global processes. Papers in Open Issue (Vol 36, No 1) of Mountain Research and Development (MRD) carefully examine the changing social-ecological context and the global factors influencing it. Papers offer insights...

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Indigenous adaptation knowledge in mountains

Indigenous adaptation knowledge in mountains

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Mountain ecosystems and communities are extremely vulnerable to climate change. There is evidence that temperatures are rising faster at higher altitudes. High mountains are ‘highly temperature sensitive regions’, with several extreme impact events of recent decades attributed to warming, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Glacier retreat...

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Pastoralists plan knowledge hub in Mongolia

Pastoralists plan knowledge hub in Mongolia

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The Central Asian Meeting of Pastoralists was held in Hustai National Park in Mongolia to set up the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub on 26-29 July 2015. Around 40 representatives of pastoralist communities and pastoralist leaders from eight Central Asian countries - the Altai Republic of the Russian Federation, China, India, Kazakhstan,...

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