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. 

Call for applications for IPROMO 2018

Call for applications for IPROMO 2018

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat is pleased to announce the call for applications for the eleventh International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas, or “IPROMO”. The annual training programme on sustainable mountain development is jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the University of Turin, Italy,...

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Call for abstracts, Mountain Futures conference

Call for abstracts, Mountain Futures conference

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The Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies, together with the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences and World Agroforestry Centre would like to invite contributions for the second International Conference on Mountain Futures, with a focus on "Ecosystem Rhythms, Land Systems and Sustainable Livelihoods".

The International Conference on Mountain Futures...

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2017 Italian Mountains Report launched

2017 Italian Mountains Report launched

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The Rapporto Montagne Italia 2017 (2017 Italian Mountains Report) was presented on 30 January 2018 in the House of Commons in Rome. Now in its third edition, the report is produced annually by the Italian Mountain Foundation, which is made up by the National Organization of Mountain Municipalities,...

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New issue of MRD Journal is now online

New issue of MRD Journal is now online

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The new issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) focuses on the implications of out- and in-migration on the sustainable development of mountains around the world. Papers in this issue explore several topics, including how asylum seekers, amenity migrants and young people are being integrated in mountain villages...

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A workshop on mountains of the Mediterranean

A workshop on mountains of the Mediterranean

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‘A Sense of Italy for the Future’ was the theme of the 2017 Soft Economy Festival held in Treia, Italy. During the festival, an International Workshop on Mediterranean Mountains took place on 5-6 July. Treia is located in Central Italy within the Marche Region, which was disturbed by earthquakes last...

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Incentivizing Mountain Communities for Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate

Incentivizing Mountain Communities for Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and partners will host a special session on incentivizing mountain communities for ecosystem services in the context of a changing climate at the International Conference on Biodiversity, Climate Change Assessment and Impacts on Livelihoods, set to take place...

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