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. 

Call for submission of Multimedia Materials on Mountains and Green Economy

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To raise awareness of the importance of mountainous areas in a Green Economy context, and to provide concrete examples of how the world's mountain regions are contributing to the green economy, several members of the Mountain Partnership have agreed to join efforts to produce the annual issue of the Mountain...

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"Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference - Kazakhstan

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The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference will take place from 21 to 23 September 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan, convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy. The two main themes for the Conference are Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems; and Greening...

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Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Kathmandu Declaration

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The “International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20,” organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 5 to...

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MRD: Call for papers on "Green Economy and Livelihoods in Mountains"

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The Mountain Research and Development (MRD) has launched a call for papers focused on how a Green Economy can enhance livelihoods in mountain regions. The papers will contribute to the preparatory process for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD also known as the Earth Summit 2012 or “Rio+20”)....

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International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development

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The International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development – Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20 will be held from 5-7 September in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is a collaborative initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to bring...

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Innovation in mountain areas: 4th European Biennial of Mountain Regions

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vosges is organizing the 4th European Biennial of Mountain Regions, which will take place from 13 to 14 October 2011 in Gérardmer (Vosges), France. The focus will be on "Innovation in mountain areas". Various threats undermine European mountain regions, i.e. climate change, land...

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