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

UIMF advocates for mountain women at the UN

UIMF advocates for mountain women at the UN

05.04.2017

The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University (UVU), participated at the 61st session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on...

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Regional contest on ecosystem-based adaptation

Regional contest on ecosystem-based adaptation

03.04.2017

Practical Action, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Regional Portal for Technology Transfer and Action on Climate Change in Latin America...

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Costa Rica celebrates mountain cultures

Costa Rica celebrates mountain cultures

28.03.2017

International Mountain Day 2016 was celebrated at national level in Costa Rica last December with a forum held at the Ministry of Environment and Energy in San José, Costa Rica....

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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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Events in the region

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Venue: Cancun, Mexico
From: 22.05.2017 to: 26.05.2017

Organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum...

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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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