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Equatorial African icecaps melting away
Equatorial icecaps in the Rwenzori Mountains of East Africa will disappear within 20 years because of global warming, new research by British and Ugandan scientists projects. ... more

First steps to save second Philippine mountain
In January, we published a petition from the people living in the shadow of Mt Mayapay in the Butuan region of the Philippines appealing for action to reforest their mountain before it turned into a fatal mudslide.That was before the collapse last Friday of the Guinsaugon mountain in Southern Leyte, in central Philippines, killing at least 1700 people. Here our correspondent in Butuan, Vincente C. de Jesus, brings the story up to date. ... more

'Save our mountain' plea in Philippines
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. ... more

Changes to 'roof of the world' threaten millions
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. ... more

Mountains of the Moon out of danger

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. ... more

Decades of devastation ahead as global warming melts the Alps
by Robin McKie

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. ... more

Carpathian treaty to protect Europe's remaining wilderness
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. ... more

Big role for mountain people
by Elizabeth Byers

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. ... more

A tale of two peaks
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. ... more

Beyond the mountain summit
by Martin Price

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. ... more

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