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

Chile announces national mountain committee

Chile announces national mountain committee

23.09.2014

The Chilean Mountain Committee was created on 12 September 2014. Seven ministers and seven service chiefs signed a decree forming a working group, which will aim to advise diverse state...

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 Costa Rica to showcase mountain farming

Costa Rica to showcase mountain farming

17.09.2014

The National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica plans to observe International Mountain Day at Bajos de Zúñiga, in San Ramón, located in the mountains in the middle of the Central...

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Andean countries prepare for a regional mechanism

Andean countries prepare for a regional mechanism

11.09.2014

Spanning some 7 500 km across Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and part of Venezuela, the Andes foster a way of life for more than 82 million people. The...

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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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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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