Europe

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European mountains are rich in landscape, biodiversity and culture and offer opportunities for the production of organic and high quality products. It also has the potential for sustainable tourism and producing renewable energy. They are also subject to a variety of heavy pressures such as unemployment, migration, land-use change, habitat conversion, deforestation and the exploitation of natural resources.

Europe has a number of transboundary mountain ranges, bringing both challenges and opportunities to the local populations of a variety of  ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. International agreements, governance mechanisms and policies provide an institutional framework for promoting sustainable mountain development and growing the green economy. The Alpine Convention, the first legally binding instrument dedicated to a mountain range, has promoted the development of transboundary cooperation, partnerships and networks since 1991.

Despite some progress, continued efforts will be required to sustainably manage and protect mountain ecosystems, reduce poverty and migration, improve food security and nutrition, combat social exclusion and ensure the provision of environmental goods and services.

 

Latest news from the region

Register for the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

Register for the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

20.06.2022

Members of the Mountain Partnership are invited to register for the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, which will be held at the Aspen Meadows, the campus of the Aspen Institute, in...

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Kyrgyz Republic presents “Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions”

Kyrgyz Republic presents “Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions”

27.05.2022

On 24 May 2022, the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations presented the concept of the “Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions”...

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Students advocate for mountain women and sustainable mountain development

Students advocate for mountain women and sustainable mountain development

13.04.2022

The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University, continues to actively promote sustainable mountain development.

On 3 March 2022, the UIMF hosted a...

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Using cultural monitoring to understand bison in Banff National Park

Using cultural monitoring to understand bison in Banff National Park

11.04.2022

The Stoney Nakoda First Nations are combining traditional knowledge with “Western” science to create a more holistic understanding of the bison reintroduction in Mînî Rhpa Mâkoche, also known as Banff...

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Events in the region

Mountain Travel Symposium

Mountain Travel Symposium

Venue: Whistler, Canada
From: 31.03.2019 to: 07.04.2019

Mountain Travel Symposium is the largest and longest running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in the world. More than 1,100 representatives from 35+ countries establish relationships, build their business,...

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High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

Venue: New York, United States of America
From: 16.07.2018 to: 18.07.2018

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to...

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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Venue: Cancun, Mexico
From: 22.05.2017 to: 26.05.2017

Organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum...

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Mountains and Sacred Landscapes

Mountains and Sacred Landscapes

Venue: New York City, United States
From: 20.04.2017 to: 23.04.2017

The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC), American University’s Center for Latin America and Latino Studies...

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