Why the Central Asian mountains matter
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; watershed protection; habitat for flora and fauna of local and global significance; the regulation of natural hazards and climate; natural areas for leisure and recreational activities; and the storage and release of water.
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Author University of Central Asia, Zoï Environment Network, GRID-Arendal
Publication year 2012