Europe

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European mountains are rich in landscape, biodiversity and culture and offer opportunities for the production of organic and high quality products. It also has the potential for sustainable tourism and producing renewable energy. They are also subject to a variety of heavy pressures such as unemployment, migration, land-use change, habitat conversion, deforestation and the exploitation of natural resources.

Europe has a number of transboundary mountain ranges, bringing both challenges and opportunities to the local populations of a variety of  ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. International agreements, governance mechanisms and policies provide an institutional framework for promoting sustainable mountain development and growing the green economy. The Alpine Convention, the first legally binding instrument dedicated to a mountain range, has promoted the development of transboundary cooperation, partnerships and networks since 1991.

Despite some progress, continued efforts will be required to sustainably manage and protect mountain ecosystems, reduce poverty and migration, improve food security and nutrition, combat social exclusion and ensure the provision of environmental goods and services.

 

Latest news from the region

Celebrating International Women's Day in Utah

20.03.2017

Sponsoring events that raise awareness about sustainable mountain development (SMD) in the state of Utah, USA, and in North America, and bringing the public into contact with international guests are...

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UVU discusses mountains and the 2030 Agenda

UVU discusses mountains and the 2030 Agenda

17.02.2017

The Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, Ambassador Macharia Kamau, gave a lecture on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Utah Valley University...

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A UN entity to insure mountains have a voice

A UN entity to insure mountains have a voice

08.02.2017

Mountain Partnership (MP) members The Mountain Institute (TMI) and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS) presented an oral statement on behalf of the MP on...

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UNGA adopts mountain resolution

UNGA adopts mountain resolution

18.01.2017

The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the new resolution on sustainable mountain development on 18 November 2016. The resolution, which was submitted...

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Events in the region

Mountains and Sacred Landscapes

Mountains and Sacred Landscapes

Venue: New York City, United States
From: 20.04.2017 to: 23.04.2017

The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC), American University’s Center for Latin America and Latino Studies...

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Mountain Travel Symposium

Mountain Travel Symposium

Venue: Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
From: 26.03.2017 to: 01.04.2017

The Mountain Travel Symposium is the largest and longest running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in the world. More than 1 100 representatives from over 35 countries gather to...

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The 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13)

The 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13)

Venue: Cancun, Mexico
From: 04.12.2016 to: 17.12.2016

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving...

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Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Venue: Banff, Alberta, Canada
From: 29.10.2016 to: 06.11.2016

Every autumn for nine days, audiences come together from around the world to experience mountain adventures, cultures and environments portrayed in films, books and photos at the Banff Mountain Film...

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