We are organizing our flagship event 4th Pakistan Mountain Festival during during 7-14 December 2014 to commemorate International Mountain Day that is marked on December 11 every year.
International Mountain Day (IMD) is celebrated on December 11 every year that provides an opportunity to create and raise greater awareness about the importance of mountains to human and ecology, highlight the opportunities and challenges in mountain development, and build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.
This year, the theme for IMD is Mountain Farming. Here we have an opportunity to raise awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries.
International Mountain Day 2014 provides an occasion to highlight how family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation due to population growth, economic globalization, urbanization and the migration of men and youth to urban areas.
At the same time, these changes can provide opportunities for local development. People who reside in mountain areas can diversify their income by engaging activities such as eco-tourism, high value mountain products and handicrafts. An enabling policy environment that includes tailored investments could improve farmers’ access to resources and increase their capacity to generate income.
Based on our experience from three previous Pakistan Mountain festivals and project activities in the area, DEVCOM Pakistan is expanding from an advocacy and awareness centric Pakistan Mountain Festival, and Women-in-Work Festivals to community-driven initiatives aimed at fostering stewardship of biodiversity and indigenous practices in tandem with the development of sustainable livelihoods within communities particularly for women in high-lands of Gilgit Baltistan.