Green economy


Covering 27 percent of the earth's surface and home to nearly 15 percent of the global population, mountains provide globally significant goods and services vital for the well-being of humanity as well as ecological health of the planet.

Roughly 60-80 percent of the world's freshwater resources for domestic, agricultural and industrial consumption originate from mountains. By providing vital ecosystem, provisioning and supporting services, mountains contribute directly and indirectly to the economic development, environmental protection, and human well-being to populations living in mountainous areas and in the downstream regions.

Mountains are crucial for the green economy due to myriad of goods and services they provide to upstream and downstream populations. A significant share of world’s resources coming from mountains for mining, forestry, water for drinking and irrigation directly contribute to the economic development. Mountain products and services form the basis for many economic sectors – food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture, forestry and rangeland production, hydropower generation, tourism and others.

Economic growth and sustainability in the  uplands and lowlands is directly linked with ensuring sustainable supply of mountain ecosystem resources that support livelihoods of a billion people living in mountain regions.

In the face of global challenges, such as climate change, the sustainable management of the ecological wealth of mountains is key to ensuring the wellbeing of people and the planet. 

Mountain development and prioritizing the SDGs

Mountain development and prioritizing the SDGs

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The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) conducted an expert survey on prioritizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets for sustainable mountain development. Recognizing the importance of pursuing sustainable mountain development as part of transforming our world into one free of poverty, the...

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Mountain session, SDG 15 Expert Group Meeting

Mountain session, SDG 15 Expert Group Meeting

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Issue 116 – Month 6 – Year 2018

The June 2018 issue of Peak to Peak provides a brief overview of the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 on Life on Land that was held in New York on 15 May 2018. The newsletter continues with stories about...

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Green economies surge in the Apennines

Green economies surge in the Apennines

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The conference La Green Economy Nella Regione Appenninica (Green Economy in the Apennine region) was held at the University of Camerino on 22–23 May 2018, organized by Eurac Research, in partnership with several organizations including the Alpine Convention, in the framework of the Mountain Partnership.

Attended by...

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Green Economy in the Apennine region

Green Economy in the Apennine region

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In the framework of the Mountain Partnership, the University of Camerino, Italy, and the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen – Eurac Research, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea and the Italian Delegation in Alpine Convention are organizing a conference on “Green Economy in...

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Promoting mountain products at AdaptAmericas

Promoting mountain products at AdaptAmericas

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The conference AdaptAmericas, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank and partners, took place on 15–16 May 2018 in Panama City, Panama, where participants discussed private and public sector opportunities generated in the context of climate change. Climate change has far-reaching implications for the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean...

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Call for applications, Forum ODT 2018

Call for applications, Forum ODT 2018

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The sixth edition of the Forum “Origin, Diversity and Territories” (Forum ODT), to be held on 19-21 September 2018 in Turin, Italy, will focus on “Perspectives on territories in transition”. Agriculture and the marketing of agro-food products are crucial to the sustainable development of rural areas. Rural areas are often...

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