Key Publications

Stepping up for mountains: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2016

Stepping up for mountains: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2016
13.07.2017

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat outlines its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development last year in its 2016 annual report. The publication documents the Secretariat’s work in the areas of advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives. The 60-page publication...

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Our Journey in 2015: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report

Our Journey in 2015: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report
29.03.2016

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) outlines its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD) in its 2015 annual report. The annual report describes the Secretariat’s work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives. One of the its most...

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Investing in Sustainable Mountain Development - Opportunities, Resources and Benefits

Investing in Sustainable Mountain Development - Opportunities, Resources and Benefits
17.02.2016

Achieving the ambitious goals formulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for future investments in mountain regions. Mountains support the livelihoods of millions of people who live in them as well as in the lowlands. But in many mountain regions, development lags behind and poverty rates are high....

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Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity

Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity
09.12.2015

For millions of people living in mountainous areas, hunger and the threat of hunger are nothing new. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality make mountain peoples vulnerable to food shortages.

One in three mountain people in developing countries is facing hunger and malnutrition.

This...

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Green Economy and Institutions for Sustainable Mountain Development: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond

Green Economy and Institutions for Sustainable Mountain Development: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond
20.07.2015

This report synthesizes expert findings on the importance of mountain regions for global green development and for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It illustrates the crucial environmental services that mountains provide, especially relating to water, food and energy. It also highlights fields less commonly associated with mountains, such...

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Understanding mountain soils

Understanding mountain soils
22.06.2015

In every mountain region, soils constitute the foundation for agriculture, supporting essential ecosystem functions and food security. Mountain soils benefit not only the 900 million people living in the world’s mountainous areas but also billions more living downstream.

Soil is a fragile resource that needs time to regenerate. Mountain...

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L’agriculture de montagne est une agriculture familiale

L’agriculture de montagne est une agriculture familiale
09.06.2015

L’agriculture de montagne prend des formes aussi variées que les innombrables paysages de montagne du monde, même si elle reste majoritairement le fait d’exploitants familiaux. Historiquement, l’agriculture de montagne était principalement une agriculture de subsistance. Aujourd’hui, les activités des exploitations de montagne sont de plus en plus orientées vers les...

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A Year-long Ascent: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2014

A Year-long Ascent: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2014
15.05.2015

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD) in its 2014 annual report. Using mountain climbing as an analogy to facing SMD challenges, the annual report outlines its work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and...

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La agricultura de montaña es agricultura familiar

La agricultura de montaña es agricultura familiar
13.05.2015

La agricultura de montaña adopta muchas formas -tan diversas como los paisajes de montaña del mundo– pero continúa siendo en gran medida una agricultura familiar. Estas actividades agrícolas de montaña han alimentado y sustentado tradicionalmente a familias individuales aunque, hoy en día, han comenzado a expandirse cada vez más hacia...

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Mountains and Climate Change - A global concern

Mountains and Climate Change - A global concern
05.12.2014

Mountains are among the regions most affected by climate change. The implications of climate change will reach far beyond mountain areas, as the contributions in the present publication prepared for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima,...

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Las Montañas y el Cambio Climático - Una preocupación mundial

05.12.2014

Las montañas se cuentan ya entre las regiones del mundo más afectadas por el cambio climático, con implicaciones que se extenderán mucho más allá de sus límites geográficos, tal como lo muestran las contribuciones incluidas en esta publicación, preparada para la Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de...

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Cordillera de Los Andes

Cordillera de Los Andes
09.09.2014

"Cordillera de Los Andes, una oportunidad para la integración y desarrollo de América del Sur", or "The Andes, an opportunity for integration and development in South America” describes a regional coordination mechanism being developed by six Andean countries as the result of a project coordinated by the Mountain Partnership Seceretariat...

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Tourism in Mountain Regions - Hopes, Fears and Realities

Tourism in Mountain Regions - Hopes, Fears and Realities
01.09.2014

Mountain regions across the globe are important tourist destinations. Today, there is practically no region in the world where the special qualities of mountains are not acknowledged by tourists. For many mountain regions, tourism has become an important economic resource, bringing new jobs and incomes, and supporting traditional systems that would otherwise be in serious...

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Mountain Farming is Family Farming

Mountain Farming is Family Farming
03.12.2013

Mountain farming takes many forms – forms as diverse as the world’s mountain landscapes – yet largely remains family farming. These mountain farming activities have traditionally fed and supported individual households although, today, they have begun to expand increasingly toward global markets. Yet, mountain farmers still tend to be driven...

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Mountains: Our Life, Our Future – Progress and perspectives on sustainable mountain development

Mountains: Our Life, Our Future – Progress and perspectives on sustainable mountain development
01.10.2013

Based on ten regional reports prepared for the Rio+20 conference, this 89-page global report  examines the environmental and social issues at stake in the world’s mountains over the last twenty years. It explains why mountains matter in the Andes, Meso-America, North America, Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, the...

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Mountain Forests in a Changing World

Mountain Forests in a Changing World
05.12.2011

The integrity and resilience of mountain forests is under threat from increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity, lead to “Mountain Forests in a Changing World”, a new FAO publication. The report, jointly produced by the FAO-hosted Mountain Partnership Secretariat and the Swiss Agency for Development...

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Highlands and Drylands: Mountains, a Source of Resilience in Arid Regions

Highlands and Drylands: Mountains, a Source of Resilience in Arid Regions
21.11.2011

Recognizing the crucial role of Dryland Mountains - water towers for surrounding dry lowland areas, global change laboratories for monitoring the combined effects of climate and socio-economic changes - in the global discourse on how to redefine and implement a truly sustainable development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

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Mountain Biodiversity and Global Change

Mountain Biodiversity and Global Change
23.04.2010

The present brochure, published by the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) of DIVERSITAS, Institute of Botany, University of Basel with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has been prepared as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 and the Conference of Parties of...

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Mountains and Climate Change, from Understanding to Action

Mountains and Climate Change, from Understanding to Action
21.12.2009

Mountains provide freshwater to half of the world’s population and are home to half of all global biodiversity hotspots, but they are also among the regions most sensitive to climate change. The authors of this publication, aim to create awareness about potential changes and related challenges for global development, and...

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