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

Mountain peoples from around the world meet in Peru

Mountain peoples from around the world meet in Peru

02.06.2014

The World Mountain Forum held last week gathered around two hundred mountain stakeholders from across the globe to promote concrete action for Sustainable Mountain Development.

The global event provided a unique...

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The Andes to ‘bridge’ six nations

The Andes to ‘bridge’ six nations

14.05.2014

On 7-9 May 2014 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, government officials representing Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia further elaborated an Andean governmental mechanism for the sustainable development of the...

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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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Events in the region

Integrated Space Technology Applications for Sustainable Development in the Mountain Regions of Andean Countries

Integrated Space Technology Applications for Sustainable Development in the Mountain Regions of Andean Countries

Venue: Quito, Ecuador
From: 10.11.2014 to: 14.11.2014

 

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the National Planning and Development Secretariat of Ecuador (SENPLADES) with the support of other government agencies of Ecuador are organizing...

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World Mountain Forum

World Mountain Forum

Venue: Cusco, Peru
From: 22.05.2014 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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Towards the Creation of a Subregional Mechanism for the Andes

Towards the Creation of a Subregional Mechanism for the Andes

Venue: San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
From: 07.05.2014 to: 08.05.2014

Representatives of the Andean governments will meet to further elaborate a regional mechanism for the sustainable development of the Andean mountains. This meeting is organized by the Argentinean Mountain Committee...

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