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IYM partners

This section includes main organizations and institutions of the Inter-Agency Group on Mountains which have played a key role in preparing for the International Year of Mountains. The UN General Assembly has named UNESCO, UNEP and UNDP as the main agencies to work with FAO in this effort. The list below includes the description of organizations received by July 2000 and will be completed over the coming months. In the future, this section will be expanded to include other institutional partners involved in IYM preparations

Inter-Agency Group on Mountains

The Inter-Agency Group on Mountains is a collaborative network of UN agencies, bilateral donors, international NGOs and research institutions that provides conceptual guidance and advice for implementation of IYM 2002 and Agenda 21/Chapter 13.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Lead agency
FAO is responsible for overall coordination of the IYM process, with the support and guidance of the Inter-Agency Group on Mountains. The IYM focal point within FAO is the Forestry Department's Programme on Sustainable Mountain Development and Watershed Management, which is also UN task manager for Agenda 21/Chapter 13.
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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO's sustainable mountain development activities are carried out through its International Hydrological Programme, the Programme on Man and the Biosphere, and earth science initiatives such as the International Geological Correlation Programme. It promotes awareness of the importance of sustainable mountain development through its mandate in education, science and culture.
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• International Hydrological Programme:
• International Geological Correlation Programme:

United Nations University (UNU)
UNU has actively supported mountain issues for many years. In partnership with the University of Berne, it is developing a comprehensive programme on sustainable mountain development that will contribute to better understanding of the status of different mountain systems, pressures on mountains, and the responses of mountain societies.
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The Mountain Institute
The Mountain Institute's mission is to advance mountain cultures and preserve mountain environments. Its programmes are designed to conserve mountain eco-systems, increase sustainable livelihoods for mountain communities, and promote the Mountain Agenda through advocacy, education and outreach for mountain communities. Current work centres on the Andes, Appalachian and Himalayan ranges and global networking through the Mountain Forum.
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Man and the Biosphere-6 Center
Center for the MAB project on the impact of human activities on mountain and tundra ecosystems. Administered by the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Center plays an academic and coordinating role for mountain studies throughout the mountains regions of Eurasia. It will serve as lead institution for the IYM 2002 in Russia.
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Mountain Forum
The Mountain Forum is a global network of mountain peoples, professionals and organizations that catalyses action toward equitable, sustainable mountain development. It promotes mutual support and advocacy, and exchange of ideas and information, and brings lessons from the field into policymaking. Activities are coordinated by the Regional and Global nodes (see below).
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International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
ICIMOD promotes integrated mountain development and seeks to improve the living standards of mountain populations of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan). It is a multidisciplinary focal point for documentation, information, research and training, and provides expert services for the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries.
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International Potato Center (CIP)
CIP works for improved management of agricultural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas. Its research agenda includes crop improvement and genetic resource management, production systems, natural resource management and social sciences. It convenes the Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina (CONDESAN) and the CGIAR's Global Mountain Program.
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Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The GEF is a multilateral mechanism that assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition to protect the global environment. As part of its mandate, the Facility supports projects that help protect biodiversity in mountain ecosystems in East Africa, Central Asia, Bhutan, Colombia, Lebanon, Lesotho and Malawi.
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World Conservation Union (IUCN)
IUCN promotes sustainable mountain development through activities such as the Mountain Theme of its World Commission on Protected Areas, with its network and newsletter for protected area managers and scientists, and the IUCN Forests and Protected Areas Programmes, which deal with mountain forest sustainability, and many projects in its various Regional and Country Offices.
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Andean Mountains Association (AMA)
AMA holds international symposia on ecological research and progress toward sustainability in the Andes, and helps to define sustainable development pathways in the region. It is developing regional demonstration projects and pilot research sites, consults with governments on themes of sustainable development, and documents advances in research in the Andes.
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World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
In WMO, the World Climate Research Programme studies the effects of mountains on atmospheric processes and circulation, the Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme supports the Mesoscale Alpine Project (MAP) in Europe, and the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme is concerned with the assessment of water resources and forecasting of hydrological extremes in mountainous regions.
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The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA/DSD)
DSD serves as secretariat for the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which meets annually in New York. The CSD is responsible for monitoring implementation of Agenda 21, including its chapter 13. The CSD reviewed progress toward sustainable mountain development were reviewed at its sessions in 1995, 1997 and April-May 2000.
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International Centre for Alpine Environments (ICALPE)
ICALPE is an international, non-governmental, scientific organization that promotes integration of conservation and development in Europe's mountains through coordinated research projects and advice to policymakers. It helped organize the European Intergovernmental Consultation on Sustainable Mountain Development, (1996) and produced in 1998 a report for the European Parliament on a policy for mountain regions.
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Other members of the Inter-agency Group on Mountains are: the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Commission on Protected Areas (CNPPA/IUCN), the Mountain Protected Area Network (MPAN/IUCN), the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Mountain Society (IMS), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), EAPMA Lincoln University, the World Mountaineering & Climbing Federation (UIAA), the International Geographic Union (IGU), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the International University of Kyrgyzstan

The Mountain Forum

The Mountain Forum is a global network of mountain peoples, professionals and organizations that catalyses action toward equitable, sustainable mountain development. It promotes mutual support and advocacy, and exchange of ideas and information, and brings lessons from the field into policymaking. Activities are coordinated by the following nodes:

Global Information Server Node (GISN)
GISN provides core communications and global coordination services for the Mountain Forum. The GISN coordinates the membership of international organizations, UN agencies, and non-regional affiliations, and provide services to the regional nodes, networks, and individual members.
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North American node
Now under development. Several bodies - including the Mexican Indigenous Association for Sustainable Development, the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture and The Mountain Institute are cooperating in projects leading up to IYM 2002.
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African node
Launched in August 1999, the node in currently recruiting members from various mountain regions of Africa and gathering information on projects, sacred mountains, development challenges and successful interventions, available literature, on-going research and policy and legal frameworks. It is also developing mechanisms to promote information exchange and collaborative links between the various mountain regions and communities in Africa.
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Asia and Pacific node
The Pacific Mountain Network (APMN), created in 1995, serves as the regional node for the global Mountain Forum. APMN promotes the "mountain agenda" on issues such as poverty alleviation in mountains, environmental management, and advocacy of Agenda 21's Chapter 13.
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European node
The European Mountain Forum provides details for joining the network, a newsletter, access to electronic discussion groups and a list of local nodes in the network. French and English.
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Latin American node
InfoAndina is the information system for the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecorregion (CONDESAN). In 1996, InfoAndina became the regional node for the Foro de Montañas in Latin America.
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