The United Nations has declared 2002 the Year of the Mountains.
Mountain inhabitants miss out on many economic initiatives. On the
eve of the Year of the Mountains the
Panos Institute (London) launched a unique online archive with
stories by mountain inhabitants themselves. This includes interviews
with more than 300 people, from all parts of the world, living in
mountains or on plateaus. Their stories provide a personal look
at changes and developments in the areas. There are conversations
with people from Nepal, Peru, Kenya, the Ethiopian and Lesotho highlands,
India, Mexico, China and Pakistan. Web site visitors must first
register before they can read the complete interviews.