The field activities are implemented by Regional Focal Points and partners of the SARD-M Project covering a mountain range or a geo-political unit in various regions of the world. The Regional Focal Points play a pivotal role in the development and strengthening of synergies and interactions among the priority activities of the Project at the regional, national and local levels. In this way, they facilitate communication, coordination and networking with other partners, while supporting the design and implementation of project activities. The assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of existing policies for SARD in mountain regions is the Project major area of work. It also contributes considerably towards supplementing the two other project priorities concerning the strengthening of institutional capacities and the issue of positive and negative externalities of mountain regions. The project activities implemented at the regional and national levels are listed below. Information sheets are also available on the right side of this page in order to provide you with more details for each activity conducted in the field.
• Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of mountain policies inspired by SARD principles carried out by ICIMOD in Hindu Kush-Himalaya, namely Bhutan, China (Sichuan Province), India (Sikkim) and Nepal.
• Meeting of ICIMOD Consultants for the Hindu Kush-Himalayas on 17-18 October 2005 in Nepal (see article in the right bar for more details).
• Regional workshop held on 17-18 July 2006 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
• Development of practical approaches and tools to promote better inter-agency coordination to design and implement SARD-M interventions in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas in 2007.
• Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of mountain policies inspired by SARD principles carried out by PASOLAC in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
• Regional Workshop on making a framework for the rapid assessment of policies for SARD in the hillsides of Central America (16-17 November 2005 in Managua, Nicaragua).
• Regional Workshop on Strengthening SARD-M Policies for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (24 October 2005 in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovak Republic).
• Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of mountain policies inspired by SARD principles carried out in 2005 by the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (UNEP) in three Carpathian countries, i.e. Romania, Slovak Republic and Ukraine, then in four additional countries in 2007, i.e. Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Serbia.
• Workshop on "How to best remunerate mountain rural people for their provision of positive externalities", Vienna International Center, 19th May 2009.
• Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of mountain policies inspired by SARD principles carried out by CIHEAM in collaboration with Plan Bleu in Lebanon and in Morocco.
• Regional workshop on "Drawing lessons and learning good practices on policies for sustainable livelihoods of mountain people in the Mediterranean region", organized in collaboration with the FAO Livelihood Support Programme (LSP), held on 8-10 September 2006 in Tabarka, Tunisia.
• Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of mountain policies inspired by SARD principles carried out by the Balkan Foundation for Sustainable Development in 2007 in three South East Europe Mountain Region countries, i.e. Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
• Implementation of a SARD-M Platform for exchange of information and networking in the Mediterranean region in 2007.
• National workshop in Morocco, to be held in 2007 to follow-up and get commitments on the implementation of outputs of SARD-M policy assessment.
• Implementation of an SARD-M platform to exchange networked information and work in the Mediterranean region through CIHEAM-IAM, Bari
• National workshop in Morocco in April 2008 for follow-up purposes and to obtain commitments to implement the results of the policy evaluations (CIHEAM will publish the report online before the end of June).
• Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of mountain policies inspired by SARD principles carried out by GMP-CIP/CONDESAN in the Andes, namely Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
• Implementation of a case study utilising the Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development (PNTD) approach to local management by CEPES in Huancavelica, department located in the central Andes of Peru.
• Regional workshop held on 29-30 March 2007 in Lima, Peru.
• Consultation workshop on policies, institutions and processes in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, 22th May 2009.
Interregional analysis of the major findings of rapid SARD-M policy assessments conducted in the regions mentioned above. It identifies nine key principles for improved policy packages and institutional processes for SARD-M, as well as major issues of importance to address in the future.