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. 

Green Economy for Sustainable Mountain Development: A Concept Paper for Rio+20 and Beyond

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a new publication titled ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Mountain Development: A Concept Paper for Rio+20 and Beyond’. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), to be held in June 2012, will have green economy as one of...

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Nepal launches Great Himalayan Trail: An arduous trek stretching 1,700 kilometres (1,050-miles)

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Nepal has officially opened its section of the Great Himalaya Trail, one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world. The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) spans the entire length of the country - from Kanchenjunga in the East to Humla in the West - and will provide a...

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Lucerne World Mountain Conference (11-12 October 2011)

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Participants at this conference will discuss regional and global experiences in mountain development since Rio 1992. The results of the Conference will produce insights that will feed into initiatives and events such as the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD...

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FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is collaborating with partners to analyze existing information and develop possible scenarios for Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA), including an evaluation of sustainability progress and gaps in the food supply chain to project food supply and demand towards 2050....

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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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