International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean   

Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Issue: 13/2006- 12/2006 - 11/2005 - 10/2005 - 9/2004 - 8/2003 - 7/2003 - 6/2002 - 5/2002 - 4/2001- 3/2001

In the Spotlight: Moutain Areas



Selected Web Sites related to Mountains and Disasters
The official website of the International Year of Mountains 2002.The International Year of Mountains is an opportunity to take steps to protect mountain ecosystems, to promote peace and stability in mountain regions and to help mountain people attain their goals and aspirations. By taking care of the world’s mountains, we help to ensure the long-term security and survival of all that is connected to them, including ourselves.
Disasters in the Andean Region is a website destinated to all institutions that work with disasters in Andean countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Its main goal is to promote information exchange on disasters among Andean institutions and establish means of communication.
The Consortium for the Sustainable Development of Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) is a diverse and dynamic assembly of partners from the public and private sectors, that under a common approach and effort, abilities and resources, make and facilitate coordinate operations in investigation, qualification, development and initiatives of policies that help the sustainable socioeconomic advance, with the purpose of contributing to the fairness and well-being of the Andean ecorregion population”
The International Potato Center (known worldwide by its Spanish acronym, CIP) seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research and related activities on potato, sweetpotato, other root and tuber crops, and on the improved management of natural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.
The Mountain Institute’s mission is to advance mountain cultures and preserve mountain environments. Founded in 1971, The Mountain Institute has offices and community-based programs in the Andean, Appalachian and Himalayan mountain ranges, partnering with local people to strengthen their communities and to conserve their natural resources and cultural heritage. The Mountain Institute also supports three global initiatives: the Mountain Forum, Sacred Mountains, and Sustainable Living Systems.
This website presents more than 300 interviews with people who live in mountain or highland regions round the world. The project, initiated by the Panos Oral Testimony Program, provides the opportunity to read personal testimonies covering a wide variety of different themes.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development focuses on the development of an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem and the improvement of living standards of mountain populations, especially in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya regions.
The High summit 2002 is a transcontinental multimedia conference dedicated to all mountain regions worldwide. From May 6-11, scientific experts, scholars, institutional representatives and politicians will meet regionally and discuss various topics, including: water, culture, economy, risk and policy.
Aim Bolivia is the website instituted for the International Year of Mountains 2002. The site is coordinated by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Planning. Its main objectives are to generate and strengthen knowledge about the ecology and sustainable development of mountain ecosystems, and to promote integrated watershed development and alternative livelihood opportunities.