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. 

Highlighting indigenous mountain food systems

Highlighting indigenous mountain food systems

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Issue 121– Month 12 – Year 2018

 The December 2018 issue of Peak to Peak starts by highlighting the indigenous mountain food systems event. The newsletter continues with stories about the indigenious mountain peoples database and sustianable mountain development in Morocco. In preparation of International Mountain Day 2018 the newsletter also...

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Workshop on mountain transboundary cooperation

Workshop on mountain transboundary cooperation

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Mountain transboundary cooperation was the topic of a one-day expert workshop organized by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, on 9 November 2018.

The seminar was attended by approximately 120 participants from EU Institutions, interregional programmes, international organizations and representatives of...

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World Mountain Forum 2018 Kyrgyzstan

World Mountain Forum 2018 Kyrgyzstan

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Issue 119 – Month 9 – Year 2018

The September 2018 issue of Peak to Peak starts with the preparations of the World Mountain Forum 2018 the fourth in the series of World Mountain Forums (WMF) which will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in October. The newsletter continues with stories from...

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Call for proposals, World Mountain Forum

Call for proposals, World Mountain Forum

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The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the World Mountain Forum (WMF) 2018, to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23 to 26 October 2018. To contribute to the discussion, UCA invites the submission of contributions...

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Sustainable bioeconomy in the Mountains

Sustainable bioeconomy in the Mountains

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The International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) 2018 came to a close this week after two weeks of lessons dedicated to sustainable mountain development in Ormea and Pieve Tesio, Italy.

“IPROMO is a great networking mechanism that allows practitioners from around the world to...

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IPROMO 2018: Bio economy in the mountains

IPROMO 2018: Bio economy in the mountains

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Issue 117 – Month 7 – Year 2018

The July 2018 issue of Peak to Peak provides a brief overview of the International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) that was held from 18 June to 2 July 2018 in Ormea and Pieve Tesino,...

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