Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success.
SANTIAGO, Feb 4 2015 (IPS) - Chile’s more than 3,000 glaciers are one of the largest reserves of freshwater in South America. But they are under constant threat by the mining industry and major infrastructure projects, environmentalists and experts warn.
The Western Ghat is called “a treasure trove of biodiversity” and “the water tower of Peninsular India”. It is one of the global ‘hotspots’ of biodiversity.
Timberlines in the region are shifting downslope, bucking trend seen on other mountain ranges.
BINDO GOL, Pakistan, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Khaliq-ul-Zaman, a farmer from the remote Bindo Gol valley in northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has long lived under the shadow of disaster.
KATHMANDU, DEC 12 - Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains.
ENVIRONMENTAL experts have identified strategic actions to address key issues of conservation and development challenges of biodiversity, water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.
Arusha — The first Africa Mountains Regional Forum closed Friday at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, and called upon African states to develop and implement mountain-specific policies and laws and mainstream sustainable mountain development in their national development agenda.
The Western Himalayas are a haven of sorts to numerous rare and threatened species of flora and fauna. The nine year long wait to help protect this haven finally ended a few days ago, when the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA) was granted the World Heritage site status by ...
China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say.
As global demand for medicinal remedies intensifies, Indian experts say many endemic species of wild medicinal plants from the Himalayas are being over-farmed. Some of the affected plants may never grow back they say.
[KATHMANDU] China has agreed to share scientific knowledge with Nepal on the effects of climate and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau in order to spur sustainable development.
Mountains have been described as islands of biodiversity surrounded by an ocean of monocultures and human-altered landscapes.
Climbers will have to bring down 8kg of extra waste or face legal action as government tackles rubbish mountain in Himalayas
11 December 2013, Rome - Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, FAO said today.
Kamal Bawa's journey to understand and protect the biodiversity of the towering Himalayas began half a century ago, when he was young and traveling into the fabled mountain range's eastern foothills.
Mount Kilimanjaro got its name from the Swahili words Kilima Njaro meaning “shining mountain”, as revealed on its famous ice cap at the top.
The Sahyadris app is an immersive experience, which taps the full potential of the iPad as a story telling medium. It acts as a “showcase” for the Western Ghats, a mountain range found parallel to the western coast of southern India.
The continental ice sheets of the Pleistocene Epoch (ca. 2.6 million–11,700 years before present) did not reach what is now the southeastern United States. The colder climate in the higher Appalachians of North America during this period, however, supported plant communities that were quite diff ...
Instead of wearing mountains down, evidence from Europe's high Alps shows that glaciers shield summits from erosion, acting as a protective lid.
Higher and still higher the road to Kodachadri rises through a landscape scorched by an uncharacteristically early onslaught of summer.
Ringed with forested mountains forming the borders with Laos and Vietnam, the northeast corner of Cambodia has been an intriguing blank spot among my extensive travels through the country.
Around St. Catherine’s Monastery, encircled by the high South Sinai mountains, lie hundreds of Bedouin gardens nested in the nearby wadis, or valleys. These gardens, which were initially built during the Byzantine period by monks, hermits and settlers from around the Mediterranean, have been the ...
Jan. 7, 2013 — Though churning smokestacks, cud-chewing cows and gasoline-burning vehicles are contributing constantly to greenhouse gas emissions, there are also many processes that do the reverse, pulling molecules like carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come.
A remote and unspoiled area of the Alps is struggling to strike a balance between its livestock and native flora and fauna, as too much of one or the other can throw the ecosystem off kilter.
The Mount Everest region's Sherpas have said they are angry at the way studies of glaciers and glacial lakes have been conducted in recent years
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Kenya has announced it will encircle Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak and a World Heritage site, with an electric fence to keep wildlife from straying.
BANGALORE, Jul 31 2012 (IPS) - It took six years for a dedicated team of scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India, wildlife officials from six Indian states and officials from the federal ministry to secure international protection for one of India’s most precious biological reserves.
There are only 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild and half of them live in Uganda's forests. A biologist from Leipzig's Max Planck Institute has learned a lot about them by analyzing their feces.
Rio+20 has disappointed most observers. But it has created opportunities for constructive work in a few areas, says Joydeep Gupta, writing on the website The Third Pole.
NEW DELHI: A scientific study published on Wednesday revealed that the Himalayas, one of world's richest biodiversity zones, is warming faster than other parts of the globe.
(CNN) -- A heavily glaciated region of the Himalayas is bucking the trend of global ice loss and showing small signs of increasing in mass, according to a new study.
Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers.
Researchers have long postulated that animal and vegetation species living in mountainous areas of high altitude are isolated, and thus much more exclusive. A new Spanish-German study substantiates this long-held theory, suggesting that altitude plays a key role in biodiversity.
With the health of the world’s highest glaciers in dispute, an international team is planning a long-term campaign to measure the vital signs of the ice atop Tibet and its surrounding mountains.