Latin America

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No other continent is dominated by mountains as much as Latin America. Most countries in the region are mountain countries. Not only do all the major rivers like the Amazon originate in the Andes, but this vast mountain range also shapes landscapes - deserts and rainforests alike.

Some 85 million people live in the Andes, while at least a further 20 million people are also dependent on mountain resources and ecosystem services in the large cities along the Pacific coast of South America. The Andes play a vital part in national economies but at the same time some of the region’s poorest areas are located in the mountains.

While water is one of the key management challenges in the region, other aspects are equally relevant, not least migration from the mountains to urban centers. Traditional knowledge in the region may no longer suffice to cope with extreme climate events, posing a serious risk to the livelihoods of many. To achieve sustainable development, policy action is required regarding the protection of water resources, responsible mining practices, adaptation to climate change and mechanisms to generate and use knowledge for sound decision making.

Latest news from the region

Call for abstracts on mountain family farming

Call for abstracts on mountain family farming

12.03.2014

Small-scale agriculture and food security in mountains are among the topics on the World Mountain Forum agenda. Please send your abstracts for the international conference that will take place in...

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Dénia, Spain, and Ccorca, Peru, pair up for International Mountain Day

Dénia, Spain, and Ccorca, Peru, pair up for International Mountain Day

05.11.2013

As a result of the interaction between the Municipality of Dénia (Spain) and Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain...

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Rural Andean communities share family farming approaches

Rural Andean communities share family farming approaches

31.10.2013

The international conference, “Knowledge and Practices of Rural Communities,” closed with a 15-point declaration appealing to policy makers of the Andean region to support family farming on 1-3 October 2013...

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Fundación Agreste joins forces with Kimberly-Clark for water project

Fundación Agreste joins forces with Kimberly-Clark for water project

25.07.2013

Fundación Agreste is working with Kimberly-Clark Argentina to revitalize the town of Paso Grande in Argentina’s Conlara Valley by providing access to safe drinking water and improving livelihoods.

In addition to...

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Events in the region

World Mountain Forum

World Mountain Forum

Venue: Cusco, Peru
From: 23.05.2014 to: 24.05.2014

The Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN), along with several partner organizations in Latin America, will hold the World Mountain Forum. This international event will provide an...

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Second International Congress on Terraced Landscapes

Second International Congress on Terraced Landscapes

Venue: Cusco, Peru
From: 14.05.2014 to: 22.05.2014

 

Peru will welcome researchers, farmers, activists, ‘terrace guardians’, decision-makers, technicians and rural development practitioners from various regions as well as international organization representatives for the Second International Congress on Terraced...

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International meeting on the Andean rural people’s knowledge and practices

International meeting on the Andean rural people’s knowledge and practices

Venue: Lima, Peru
From: 30.09.2013 to: 04.10.2013

This event, organized by Red de Agroindustria Rural del Perú (REDAR) and supported by the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN), will focus on family farming, food...

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Water: The present and future of food security and nutrition in the context of climate change

Water: The present and future of food security and nutrition in the context of climate change

Venue: Pisaq, Peru
From: 03.09.2013 to: 06.09.2013

This international meeting will analyze Andean experiences on water management and climate change adaptation measures in agriculture, their impacts on food security and nutrition, and public policy advocacy. Meeting participants...

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