The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a statement highlighting the importance of mountain ecosystems for sustainable development, and reviewing recent relevant publications.
14 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting the need for increased investment in, and attention to, adaptation and resilience issues regarding fragile mountain ecosystems.
The CPF members have recently launched publications on mountain ecosystems, including “Why invest in sustainable mountain development?” produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This booklet for policy makers discusses the importance of mountain ecosystems and the services they provide for countries transitioning to a green economy. In “Highlands and Drylands – Mountains, a source of resilience in arid regions,” the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), FAO, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) emphasize the need for investment particularly in mountains in dryland areas to sustain these fragile environments.
The CPF press release also outlines the “Strategic Initiative for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions,” which brought together experts and policy makers to discuss adaptation options in mountain ecosystems and opportunities for better alliances and cooperation among countries. [CPF Press Release]