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Overview

Mountain areas cover a quarter of the Earth's land surface, with 26 percent of the global population living in them or very close by.

Mountain people and mountain environments are particularly threatened by global environmental change and economic and political forces. A disproportionate number of conflicts occur in mountain regions, and their inhabitants include many of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.

How can we preserve fragile mountain ecosystems that provide critical goods and services, while improving the conditions of those who live there? This book explores these issues, with particular emphasis on appropriate institutions and policies for sustainable mountain development. The book includes information from the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit, the concluding global event of the International Year of Mountains 2002.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811025
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin F. Price is the director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, UHI Millennium Institute, UK, and chair of the IUCN's Mountain Initiative Taskforce. Libor Jansky is senior academic program officer at the United Nations University's Vice Rectorate in Europe. Andrei A. Iatsenia is a senior programme officer at the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : sustainable mountain development from Rio to Bishkek and beyond 1
2 The challenges of mountain environments : water, natural resources, hazards, desertification, and the implications of climate change 18
3 Mountain infrastructure : access, communications, and energy 38
4 Legal, economic, and compensation mechanisms in support of sustainable mountain development 63
5 Sustaining mountain economies : poverty reduction and livelihood opportunities 86
6 Mountain tourism and the conservation of biological and cultural diversity 111
7 Democratic and decentralized institutions for sustainability in mountains 149
8 Conflict and peace in mountain societies 169
9 National policies and institutions for sustainable mountain development 181
10 Prospective international agreements for mountain regions 200
11 The role of culture, education, and science for sustainable mountain development 210
App. A The Bishkek mountain platform 235
App. B UN resolution UN GA A/Res/57/245 from 20 December 2002 245
App. C The international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions 251
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