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.