Saving Mountain Cultures and Environments: The Mountain Institute
The Mountain Institutes mission is to advance mountain cultures and preserve mountain environments. Founded in 1971, we operate community-based programs in the Himalayas, Andes and Appalachian Mountains. Our objectives are to:
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These projects include ecotourism; recovery of traditional weaving techniques and markets; garbage recycling for use in compost, cuy (guinea pig) and agroforestry production, reintroduction of alpacas and llamas complemented with range management improvement using native species; and a program of barefoot veterinarians.
Our Sacred Mountains program works to learn about, document and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the people in mountain communities. In 1999, a partnership was formed with the United States National Park Service to develop interpretive and educational materials that draw on the cultural and inspirational significance of mountains around the world for display at various parks around United States.
The Mountain Institute also has a long history of experimentation and demonstration of alternative building systems for mountain communities. At the global level, The Mountain Institute works to connect isolated mountain people through the Mountain Forum, a worldwide network of people and organizations working for mountain communities and environments.
Through the Mountain Forum, grassroots organizations are linked directly with each other and with the international policy, development, and research communities.
TMI welcomes your donations to its programs and encourages you to contact its executive office to determine how you may best assist TMI with its mission.
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