THE MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE (TMI) works hand-in-hand with remote mountain communities to address their most critical challenges. Our work revolves around three central themes: conservation of mountain ecosystems, sustainable economic development and support for unique mountain cultures. Since our founding in 1972, we have listened to the people who know mountains best — those who live there — and have worked closely with them to identify and implement solutions to improve their livelihoods and the health of their environments. The Mountain Institute works with academic and technical experts while partnering with government and development agencies. Our programs now reach more than half a million people each year. Approaches TMI has developed are now in use in mountainous countries around the world. To find out more about our regional programs in the Andes, Appalachians, and Himalayas, click on the images below. For a video clip about TMI, click here.