FAO at work

FAO is meeting the challenges of sustainable mountain development in many ways around the world. The Sustainable Management of Mountains group (PAIA-MTNS) -- an informal group of staff from across FAO's technical departments -- works to promote, improve and enhance FAO's action in mountain development in both a coordinated and interdisciplinary manner, through its normative work, field programme, direct country support and contribution to global partnerships.

Importantly, the group is also contributing towards FAO's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically those focussing on reducing poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability. FAO is also Task Manager of Chapter 13 of UNCED Agenda 21, the blueprint for sustainable mountain development that arose out of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

Normative work

The scope of FAO's normative work related to sustainable mountain development is broad and extensive and includes:

  • documenting best practices in sustainable mountain development.
  • investigating food insecurity and malnutrition in mountain areas and carrying out vulnerability assessments.
  • strengthening mountain populations' livelihoods with improved policies for sustainable agriculture and rural development
  • forging alliances between partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.
  • devising technical guidelines, methodologies and tools for watershed management and conservation.
  • charting trends in mountain legislation and assisting countries improve mountain policies and laws.
  • ensuring the sustainable management and utilization of non-wood forest products.
  • improving forest policies and strategies on poverty alleviation and food security.
  • strengthening communication, information and research networks.
  • promoting inland capture fisheries and aquaculture in mountain areas.
  • encouraging conservation agriculture and soil conservation practices in mountain areas.
  • developing a global database on ecosystem monitoring in mountain regions.
  • promoting technologies for mountain agriculture.
  • mainstreaming gender and population issues in agricultural, environmental and rural development policies, legislation, programmes and projects.
  • strengthening local institutional capacities for disaster preparedness and prevention in high-risk areas.
  • encouraging the protection and promotion of high-quality mountain products to improve mountain livelihoods

last updated:  Wednesday, November 27, 2013