Green economy


Covering a quarter of the earth's surface and home to around 22 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. 

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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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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