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. 

Restoring mountain ecosystems - Challenges, case studies and recommendations for implementing the UN Decade Principles for Mountain Ecosystem Restoration

Restoring mountain ecosystems - Challenges, case studies and recommendations for implementing the UN Decade Principles for Mountain Ecosystem Restoration

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Mountains are home to a variety of ecosystems that provide vital services directly to 1.1 billion people and billions of others living in connected lowland areas. Half of humanity depends on mountains for the provision of freshwater alone. Mountain ecosystems cool local temperatures, increase water retention, provide carbon storage, and...

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Enter the 2023 International Mountain Day photo contest

Enter the 2023 International Mountain Day photo contest

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The November 2023 issue of Peak to Peak calls for submissions for the 2023 International Mountain Day photo contest, which focuses on restoring mountain ecosystems. Top news covers the launch of the Mountain Partnership's Mountain Youth Hub during the United Nations Global Indigenous Youth Forum, the creation of a new...

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Members' Voices: Austin George Smith, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan

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In this latest Members' Voices feature, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat interviews Austin George Smith, a Communication and Press Specialist at the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), who sheds light on the benefits of bamboo and rattan, their role in conversing mountain biodiversity as well as INBAR’s positive...

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Launch of the African NGOs Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (ANAES)

Launch of the African NGOs Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (ANAES)

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Africa faces numerous environmental challenges, including ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss, wildlife poaching, poverty and pollution, all accelerated by climate change. These challenges are complex and require collective efforts to address them effectively.

In collaboration with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) has initiated the African...

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Call for grant proposals for the Business Incubator and Accelerator for Mountains and Islands, deadline extended to 7 June 2023

Call for grant proposals for the Business Incubator and Accelerator for Mountains and Islands, deadline extended to 7 June 2023

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The deadline to submit project proposals for grants through the Business Incubator and Accelerator (BIA) for Mountains and Islands has been extended to 7 June 2023.

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Global Environment Facility Small Grants...

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Mountain producers explore synergies between organic certification systems

Mountain producers explore synergies between organic certification systems

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Thirteen producers involved in the Mountain Partnership Products (MPP) initiative explored opportunities to increase synergies between Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) and Internal Control Systems (ICS) in organic agriculture during a webinar on 24 January 2022.

Organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat in collaboration with IFOAM - Organics International, the webinar provided...

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