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Farmers �eat away� Kenyan mountain forests
by John Kamau

One of Kenya's most important watersheds and forest habitats has become the scene of a bitter conflict bewteen environmentalists and a growing population of poor farmers. Environmentalists are concerned that shifting cultivation in Mount Kenya's forests is causing deforestation and threatening vital water sources. John Kamau reports. ... more

Mountains - the last stronghold of nature
by Lawrence S. Hamilton and Shengji Pei

Throughout history, as we watched our lowlands become permanently altered by commercial agriculture, industry , infrastructure and urban settlement, we humans have raised our eyes to mountains, both for inspiration and as the last stronghold of nature. ... more

Secrets of the sacred mountains
by Edwin Bernbaum

In many societies mountains are seen as sacred places. As such, they can have a significant impact on the cohesion of local cultures and on the conservation of the environment, as Edwin Bernbaum explains. ... more

Saving China's holy mountains
by Martin Palmer

For centuries, China's holy mountains were protected by Taoist and Buddhist monastries and the respect of the pilgrims who visited them. Now, in the face of growing tourist and business pressures, a new effort is being made to save them from destruction. Martin Palmer reports. ... more

Water towers of the world
by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

As population grows and water becomes increasingly scarce, the ecological protection of mountains becomes evermore vital. Here Jayanta Bandyopadhyay calls for a new awareness by the people of the plains of their debt to the mountains and their inhabitants. ... more

Taming the tourists
by Martin Price

Mountains, once visited only by a few climbers and pilgrims, have not escaped the tourist crowds. Mountain tourism accounts for 15 to 20 per cent of the world's largest industry; annual turnover is US$70-90 billion and growing at over 4 per cent a year. Today tourism forms the basis of the economy of many mountain regions, with uncertain consequences, as Martin Price reports. ... more

Bringing the Inca Canals back to life
by Sally Bowen

For nearly 20 years one woman has been battling to restore the elaborate Inca Canals in the Peruvian Andes, which once supported a thriving population of farmers. Sally Bowen reports from Lima. ... more

Protecting the 'heart of the world'
by Sarita Kendall

To the Kogi Indians of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in Colombia, the Sierra is 'the heart of the world'. One man is at the centre of effort to restore that heart to good health. Sarita Kendall reports from Bogotá. ... more

A Himalayan Dream
by Jane Pratt

The idea of creating a park as big as Switzerland in the heart of the Himalayas spanning the border between Nepal and Tibet became reality in 1992. Here Jane Pratt explains how a conservation dream is being turned into reality. ... more

Save the Himalyas
by Sujaya Misra

Sujaya Misra talks to the veteran campaigner for the mountains. ... more

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