The Mountain Institute


Mission Statement

The Mountain Institute partners with mountain people to transform their livelihoods and protect their cultures which helps conserve vital natural resources for the planet.


The Mountain Institute (TMI) was founded in 1972 and has become known for its innovative programs in the world’s highest and longest mountain chains--the Himalayas and Andes. TMI is the only international non-profit focused solely on mountains worldwide, and actively dedicated to mountain communities and their unique environments. For over four decades, TMI has partnered with mountain communities in on-the-ground collaborations to help them develop greater self-reliance and gain a broader understanding of their resource-rich, mountain environments. Using our participatory, inclusive approach, we identify their most critical challenges. Together we develop and implement local solutions that help communities adapt, innovate and become more resilient--especially in the context of climate change. As a trusted partner with local communities, we advance programs focused on sustainable livelihoods for farmers, women, and remote villages. These improved livelihoods, in turn, help protect fragile mountain ecosystems for humans and wildlife. Our Institute has an office is in Washington D.C. and locally-staffed offices in Nepal and Peru.

Program Details

The Mountain Institute (TMI) protects critical mountain ecosystems and promotes prosperous livelihoods to create resilient mountain communities. We have worked closely with mountain communities since 1972, combining local and indigenous knowledge with the latest science to develop practical conservation and development solutions. With non-profit, government, academic and private-sector partners, TMI programs promote natural resource conservation, sustainable economic development, climate change adaptation and resilience, and cultural preservation. TMI has active programs in the Andes and the Himalayas. Our main initiatives in 2019 include our "Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation Program"--a six-country, three-year program that is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), our "Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Program" that has trained rural, mountain farmers since 2001, and RETAMA (Spanish acronym for "Restoring Ancestral Water Management Technologies") - an initiative in the Peruvian Andes that won the 2018 St Andrews Prize for the Environment. RETAMA is based on a project that won the 2017 Solution Search "Farming for Biodiversity" award in the category of "Water Impact." Much more detail can be found on our website: .

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1725, I Street NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
United States
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