Mountains : Newsfile

There are 24 documents in this section.


  • 'Save our mountain' plea in Philippines

    20 January 2006

    In a petition to the Philippine Government an environmental e-group, , is calling for action to save Mount Mayapay, a heavily eroded mountain in Mindanao, from complete destruction. We publish their plea here in the hope that People & the Planet readers will sign and support this initiative.

  • Changes to 'roof of the world' threaten millions

    8 September 2005

    The mountains of Asia, including the mighty Himalayas, are facing accelerating threats from a rapid rise in roads,settlements, overgrazing and deforestation, experts warn in a new report. The 2050, they predict, most of China's glaciers will have disappeared.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Mountains of the Moon out of danger

    5 July 2004

    A national park in Uganda, known as the legendary Mountains of the Moon, has been declared 'out of danger' by UNESCO. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park was put on UNESCO's List of World Heritage sites in Danger in 1999. But now, thanks to efforts by the Uganda Government and collaborating NGOs, its future is regarded as safe.

  • Decades of devastation ahead as global warming melts the Alps

    23 July 2003

    Mountain guide Victor Saunders and his companion Craig Higgins had reached the Solvay bivouac hut on the Matterhorn's Hornli ridge last week when their balmy morning climb turned into a nightmare.

  • Carpathian treaty to protect Europe's remaining wilderness

    30 May 2003

    Ministers from Central and Eastern Europe have adopted and signed a major new environmental agreement in Kiev to conserve Europe's greatest reserve of untouched forests and large carnivores in the Carpathian region, while benefiting isolated mountain communities.

  • Big role for mountain people

    21 March 2003

    The importance of helping local people to preserve the biological diversity of mountains and reduce the pressures on them, was a central theme of the March meeting in Montreal of the 187 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Elizabeth Byers reports.

  • A tale of two peaks

    3 February 2003

    A survey of Kenya's Aberdare Mountains, in East Africa, has pin-pointed a huge number of illegal charcoal kilns which are being fed and fuelled by the highland forests upon which local people depend for medicine and water supplies. Our Nairobi Correspondent reports on this and the success claimed by the United Nations for efforts to work with local farmers to conserve the forests of Mount Kenya.

  • Beyond the mountain summit

    7 November 2002

    The Global Mountain Summit ended in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 1 November, 2002, with agreement by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to host a secretariat to carry forward the International Partnership for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions.

  • Summit warns of human threats to mountain regions

    4 November 2002

    When delegates met in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month (November 2002) for the Bishkek Mountain Summit - the final global event of the International Year of Mountains ) - they were faced with a new report, showing just how far the planet's mountains are under stress from human activity.

  • Glacial lakes threaten Himalayan floods

    24 May 2002

    Nearly 50 lakes, high in the Himalayas, could burst their banks sending millions of gallons of deadly floodwaters swirling down valleys, putting at risk tens of thousands of lives scientists are warning.