Policy Briefs and Reports

Mountains as the water towers of the world: A call for action on the sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Mountains as the water towers of the world: A call for action on the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
31.03.2014

Mountains as the water towers of the world: A call for action on the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
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Mountains and the Sustainable Development Goals – a call to action

Mountains and the Sustainable Development Goals – a call to action
24.03.2014

Mountains and the Sustainable Development Goals – a call to action

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Why Mountains Matter for Energy – a call to action on the sustainable development goals

Why Mountains Matter for Energy – a call to action on the sustainable development goals
24.03.2014

Why Mountains Matter for Energy – a call to action on the sustainable development goals

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Why Mountains Matter for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a call to action on the sustainable development goals

Why Mountains Matter for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a call to action on the sustainable development goals
24.03.2014

Why Mountains Matter for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a call to action on the sustainable development goals

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Why Mountains Matter for Forests and Biodiversity – a call to action on the sustainable development goals

Why Mountains Matter for Forests and Biodiversity – a call to action on the sustainable development goals
24.03.2014

Why Mountains Matter for Forests and Biodiversity – a call to action on the sustainable development goals

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Sustainable Mountain Development, Green Economy and Institutions: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond Global Report (2012) - Final Draft for Rio+20

Sustainable Mountain Development, Green Economy and Institutions: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond Global Report (2012) - Final Draft for Rio+20
01.10.2012

In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – commonly referred to as ‘Rio 1992’ or ‘the Rio Earth Summit’ – mountains received unexpected high political attention. They were granted a chapter in the ‘Agenda 21’ as fragile ecosystems that matter for humankind.

In view of the UN Conference Rio+20 –...

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Why the Alps matter

Why the Alps matter
14.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

The Alps are a coherent mountain region covering 190,568 km2 across eight countries, with a population of 14 million. Their central location in western Europe gives them many important roles for the continent. The Alpine economy is based on a symbiosis of...

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Why mountains of the Middle East and North Africa matter

Why mountains of the Middle East and North Africa matter
14.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

 

Mountains of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are important for sustainable development in national, regional and global contexts. The goods and key ecosystem services provided by these mountains are vital for the sustainable development....

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Why the Central Asian mountains matter

Why the Central Asian mountains matter
13.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

The Central Asian mountains provide an astonishing array of essential ecosystem goods and services not only to mountain inhabitants but also to people in the lowlands and around the globe. These goods and services include forest products and land for food production;...

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Why the Hindu Kush Himalaya matters

Why the Hindu Kush Himalaya matters
13.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

As the ‘water tower of Asia’, the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) mountains are the source of 10 major river systems and provide vital ecosystem goods and services to more than 1.4 billion people. The region includes four global biodiversity hotspots, 488 protected...

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Why mountains of the Southeast Asia and Pacific region matter

Why mountains of the Southeast Asia and Pacific region matter
13.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

Mountains of the Southeast Asia and Pacific (SEAP) region spread across mainland Asia and the island/archipelagic states in the Pacific Ocean. These countries host one of the world’s highest and most severely threatened biodiversity and gene pools. Many of the region’s indigenous...

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Why mountains matter in global sustainable development

Why mountains matter in global sustainable development
13.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

Mountains provide vital goods and services for the benefit of all humankind, for supporting sustainable development at a global level, and for moving the world towards a greener economy. But provision of these goods and services is at risk. The global...

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Why mountains matter for North America

Why mountains matter for North America
13.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

North America’s mountains are a primary source of fresh water. Other natural resources, such as coal and natural gas, are pillars of North American energy economies. The recreation and tourism industry – the lifeblood of many mountain communities – contributes significant revenues...

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Why the Andes matter

Why the Andes matter
13.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

The Andes, covering 33% of the area of the Andean countries, are vital for the livelihoods of the majority of the region’s population and the countries’ economies. However, increasing pressure, fuelled by growing population numbers, changes in land use, unsustainable exploitation of...

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Why mountains matter for Meso America

Why mountains matter for Meso America
12.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

Mountains in Meso America cover 25.2% of the region and hold a remarkable 12% of the world’s biodiversity on only about 2% of the earth’s land surface. A total of 86 indigenous ethnic groups occupy 54.2% of the mountain territories. The greatest...

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Why Mountains Matter for Africa

Why Mountains Matter for Africa
12.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

African mountains are highly vulnerable water towers and breadbaskets for the lowlands. Mountain ecosystem services (ES) ensure water-food-energy security and biodiversity conservation and enable sustainable development and poverty eradication at the continent level. In the uncertainty created by climate change, high population...

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Why mountains matter for Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

Why mountains matter for Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
12.06.2012

Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

The mountains of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe have played a key social, economic and environmental role in the development of the nations and peoples that have resided there since time immemorial. Being both natural barriers and safe havens not only...

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Sustainable Mountain Development in North America: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in North America: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in North America ahead of the Rio+20 summit in 2012.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in Central Asia ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in central, eastern and south eastern Europe ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in Meso America: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in Meso America: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in Meso America ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in the Alps: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in the Alps: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in the Alps ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in the Andes: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in the Andes: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in the Andes ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in the Middle East and North Africa: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in the Middle East and North Africa: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in the Middle East and North Africa ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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From From Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond: 20 Years of Sustainable Mountain Development in Africa

From From Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond: 20 Years of Sustainable Mountain Development in Africa
01.01.2012

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in Africa ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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Sustainable Mountain Development in Southeast Asia and Pacific: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond

Sustainable Mountain Development in Southeast Asia and Pacific: from Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond
01.12.2011

Regional report on sustainable mountain development in Southeast Asia and Pacific ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

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