Essay Competition launched to mark International Mountain Day 2016


The AFERIA Project has launched an essay competition in honor of the International Mountain Day 2016 to be observed on December 11th.

 The International Mountain Day has been observed every year since 2003 to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world. The theme for this year’s celebrations will be “Mountain Cultures: celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”. In the past traditional culture and knowledge was transmitted orally across different generation and this ensured that this vital information on ecosystems was shared over a long period of time.  Unfortunately, this inter-generational transfer of traditional knowledge has been declining over the years leading to the loss of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge on ecosystems.

The AFERIA project recognizes the importance of traditional knowledge on ecosystems in preserving the natural environment and also in adapting to the changing climate. AFERIA has invited high school students in the four project areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania  to submit three-paged essays comparing the benefits of ecosystem services to the mountain ecosystems in the past and in the present.

It is hoped that this activity will provide an opportunity for the participating youth to interact with the older generation and get important insights and information on the benefits of the ecosystem services to the mountain ecosystems.

All the submissions will be assessed by a selected team within the AFERIA Project and the student with the winning essay in each school will receive a phone. The participating students will receive certificates of participation.

The AFERIA essay competition will close on Wednesday, November 9th 2016.

Click below to view the competition poster.


Click below to read other news items on similar competitions held under the AFERIA project predecessor, The CHIESA Project.

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  2. Art exhibition raises money for indigenous trees.
  3. Art Competition Launched to Mark International Mountain Day
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