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Conservation and Sustainable Development in ... - Active Remedy

Conservation and Sustainable Development in ... - Active Remedy

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ContentsPage1 Preface2 Mountain Areas – Global PrioritiesWCF theme 1: Ecosystem Management – Bridging Sustainability and Productivity4 Integrated Watershed Management5 Networking Towards Sustainability in the Balkans6 Integrated Watershed Management Around Tacaná, Mexico and Guatemala7 Using the Ecosystem Approach for Mount Elgon8 Global Promotion of Regional Approaches to Mountain Conservation9 Himal Initiative for Landscape ManagementWCF theme 2: Health, Poverty and Conservation – Responding to the Challenge of Human Well-being10 Poverty in Mountain Areas11 Peace Parks in Africa’s Great Lakes Region12 Developing a Regional Strategy for Conserving High Andean Wetlands13 Conserving the Cloud Forests of Lombok, Indonesia14 Mountains: 24% of the Earth’s Land SurfaceWCF Theme 3: Biodiversity Loss and Species Extinction – Managing Risk in a Changing World16 Coping with Climate Change in the Mountains17 Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment18 Global Monitoring in Alpine Environments19 ‘Top 50’ Mediterranean PlantsWCF Theme 4: Markets, Business and the Environment – Strengthening Corporate Responsibility20 Mountain Products – Improving Livelihoods21 Non-timber Forest Products in the Mountains of LAO PDR and Vietnam22 Benefiting from Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in the Hindu Kush - Himalaya23 Rewarding Tanzania’s Upland Poor for Providing Ecosystem Water Services24 The Gran Ruta Inca Initiative25 Encouraging Good Practice and Environmental ResponsibilityThe Mountain Partnership26 The Mountain Partnership28 Editors and Authors29 Credits

1PrefacePrefaceAs IUCN and its members are getting ready for the World Conservation Congress that will be held in Bangkok inNovember 2004, I am delighted to present you with a brochure highlighting the cutting-edge mountainrelatedinitiatives of IUCN and its partners in each of the four themes of the World Conservation Forum:1) Ecosystem management – bridging sustainability and productivity2) Health, poverty and conservation – responding to the challenge of human well-being3) Biodiversity loss and species extinction – managing risk in a changing world4) Markets, business and the environment – strengthening corporate responsibility.Mountains are characterized by a high degree of biological and cultural diversity – as has been recognizedinternationally since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Although they have great economic potentialin many parts of the world – e.g. in terms of water resources and tourism – most mountain regions arepolitically and economically marginalized and isolated, and mountain populations often find themselves at aclear disadvantage by comparison with other regions.But apart from challenges, mountains also represent fantastic opportunities to demonstrate the importance ofthe environmental services provided to our societies by the Earth’s ecosystems, and to realise sustainabledevelopment practices on the ground. This brochure showcases examples of how IUCN and our partners in theMountain Initiative Task Force, established by the chairs of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management andWorld Commission on Protected Areas, have responded to these opportunities – and the lessons that havebeen learned.This is especially timely as the implementation of the International Partnership for Sustainable Development inMountain Regions that was officially launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) inJohannesburg, South Africa in 2002 – and for which FAO, a member of the Mountain Initiative Task Force,provides the interim secretariat – is getting underway.As so often, this booklet could not have been produced without the competent and energetic assistance ofIUCN’s Commission volunteers and partner organizations. I would like to thank especially Dr Martin Price,Chair of the Mountain Initiative Task Force, as well as the partner organizations represented in this Task Force:• Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)• Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA)• Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)• Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)• United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)• World Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA)Let me end by wishing all of you who are interested in biodiversity conservation and sustainable developmentin mountain regions a successful IUCN Congress.Achim SteinerDirector-GeneralIUCN – The World Conservation Union

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