Green economy


Covering 27 percent of the earth's surface and home to nearly 15 percent of the global population, mountains provide globally significant goods and services vital for the well-being of humanity as well as ecological health of the planet.

Roughly 60-80 percent of the world's freshwater resources for domestic, agricultural and industrial consumption originate from mountains. By providing vital ecosystem, provisioning and supporting services, mountains contribute directly and indirectly to the economic development, environmental protection, and human well-being to populations living in mountainous areas and in the downstream regions.

Mountains are crucial for the green economy due to myriad of goods and services they provide to upstream and downstream populations. A significant share of world’s resources coming from mountains for mining, forestry, water for drinking and irrigation directly contribute to the economic development. Mountain products and services form the basis for many economic sectors – food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture, forestry and rangeland production, hydropower generation, tourism and others.

Economic growth and sustainability in the  uplands and lowlands is directly linked with ensuring sustainable supply of mountain ecosystem resources that support livelihoods of a billion people living in mountain regions.

In the face of global challenges, such as climate change, the sustainable management of the ecological wealth of mountains is key to ensuring the wellbeing of people and the planet. 

Landscape Blog launched on 30 January 2012

Landscape Blog launched on 30 January 2012

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As part of the three-year collaborative Landscape for People, Food and Nature Initiative, the new Landscapes Blog has now been launched. The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, which officially commenced in November 2011, aims to scale up successful strategies for integrated landscape management that simultaneously support, improve food...

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Ban Ki Moon on the perspectives for Rio+20 at the World Economic Forum

Ban Ki Moon on the perspectives for Rio+20 at the World Economic Forum

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable...

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Highlights from the World Future Energy Summit (16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi)

Highlights from the World Future Energy Summit (16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi)

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The fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 16 January 2012. The first day of this four-day event was organized around the theme “Policy and Strategy Forum,” and comprised opening statements from Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO Masdar, Wen...

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Zero-draft for Rio+20 – paragraph n. 94 on mountains

Zero-draft for Rio+20 – paragraph n. 94 on mountains

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The zero-draft of the outcome document for Rio+20 Conference is now online with a paragraph (n.94) dedicated to mountains. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Conference will take place on 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992...

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DGF meeting, 15 December 2011, New York

DGF meeting, 15 December 2011, New York

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The meeting was organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) in New York, in the framework of the Development Grant Facility (DGF) agreement.  

The objective was to plan activities for DGF Phase 2. The group comprised the DGF partners: UNEP, ICIMOD, World Bank and MPS.

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MFG and UN Workshop on Partnerships, New York, 14 December 2011

MFG and UN Workshop on Partnerships, New York, 14 December 2011

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From 14 to 16 December 2011, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat participated in meetings in New York looking to forge a common understanding on including mountain development in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) preparatory process and the Conference itself. The first meeting was the Mountain Focus Group....

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