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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20

5-7 September 2011 | Kathmandu, Nepal

Summary of Meeting

International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet; this is not done by jostling in the street."
~William Blake

Daily web coverage:
5 September - 6 September - 7 September

Monday 5 September

The “International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20,” organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), opened today in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the morning, participants heard opening remarks, including a keynote speech by RK Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). They listened to presentations and participated in discussions on mountain ecosystem services. In the afternoon participants split into six parallel panels and working group discussions on: managing water for green economy and growth; carbon services in mountain ecosystems; mountain biodiversity for green economy; recreational and cultural services from mountain systems; valuation of ecosystem services and policies for crediting these services; and poverty, equity and sustainable mountain development.

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Andreas Schild, ICIMOD

Matthias Jurek, UNEP

Golam Rasul, ICIMOD

 

 

RK Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

MF Farooqui, Ministry of Environment and Forest, India

David Molden, ICIMOD, chaired the working group on managing water for the green economy and green growth.

The working group on mountain biodiversity for promoting green economy.

Jorn Sorensen, UNDP, chaired the working group on poverty, equity, and sustainable mountain development.

 

 

Participants in a working group discussion.

Wang Yi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, presented key messages from parallel discussions.


Tuesday 6 September

On Tuesday morning, participants convened to hear Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD, provide a broad context for the mountain agenda and to reflect on the first day of the workshop.

Participants then attended a session on “Key learning, experiences and messages from the Asia-Pacific mountain regions” and split in working groups on: identification of issues and challenges in promoting a green economy in mountain regions; identification of the potentials and opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the green economy; how to create enabling conditions for promoting green economy for sustainable mountain development; and identification of principles and actions that demand priority in the global green economy and Rio+20.

In the afternoon, participants listened to reflections from the representatives of other mountain regions of the world and a summary of recommendations emerging from the workshop. In the evening, they attended the opening of the Conference. During the opening ceremony, the Right Honourable President of the Republic of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav, congratulated ICIMOD for organizing the workshop and urged for mountain issues to be included in the Rio+20 deliberations.

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Sara Ahmad, IDRC, chaired a working group that strove to identify issues and challenges in promoting a green economy in mountain regions.
Eklabya Sharma (R), ICIMOD, chaired a working group that identified principles and actions that demand priority in the global green economy and Rio+20.

Reginald Victor, Sultan Qaboos University, presented on the Middle East.

Miguel Saravia, Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina, presented on Latin America.

Chad Dear, University of Central Asia

Luca Listo, Evk2 CNR

Matthias Jurek, UNEP

 

 

Pema Gyamtsho, Ministry for Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan, encouraged participants to have "green minds, green hands and green hearts."
Ram Baran Yadav, President, Nepal, lit panas to inaugurate the conference, then presented a speech.

Wednesday 7 September

On Wednesday morning, Andreas Schild, ICIMOD, introduced a session to present the key messages and recommendations from the two-day workshop to the Conference.

The workshop summary was followed by a panel discussion with key stakeholders from mountain regions and international agencies, chaired by Thomas Gass, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal. Challenging participants to clarify their expectations of what would change if mountains were reflected in Rio+20 outcomes, MF Farooqui, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, proposed that the message from mountain community should be that the “world has a problem, and we have a solution.” Olman Serrano, Mountain Partnership Secretariat, highlighted some of the Secretariat’s activities and the importance of influencing the Rio+20 Co-Chairs’ “compilation document” by providing the inputs of this workshop.

On Wednesday afternoon, Andreas Schild, ICIMOD, introduced the session on the way forward for sustainable mountain development and Rio+20. Mohammad Malikyar, National Environmental Protection Agency, Afghanistan, noted his country’s willingness to support the recommendations of this Conference. Sara Ahmed, IDRC, discussed the role of cross-regional collaborations as well interdisciplinary partnerships. In closing the conference, Mathias Jurek, UNEP, urged for the mainstreaming of the outcomes of the Conference in the Rio+20 preparatory process. The meeting closed at 4.45 pm.

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Andreas Schild, ICIMOD, noted the messages and recommendations were “works in progress” and encouraged participants to comment and contribute to them.
Yuba Raj Bhusal, National Planning Commission, Nepal, noted one of the workshop’s aims was to enhance the understanding of the scope and relevance of the green economy to mountain regions.
L-R: Thomas Gass, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal; Wang Yi, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Olman Serrano, Mountain Partnership Secretariat; Arzu Deuba Rana, IUCN; Pema Gyamtsho, Ministry for Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan; Andreas Schild, ICIMOD; and MF Farooqui, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India.
Bhupesh Adhikary, Evk2 CNR, and SP Singh, Indian National Science Academy.
Madhav Karki, ICIMOD, presents the draft version of the "Kathmandu Declaration on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development."

Around the meeting

Group photo of conference participants in front of the ICIMOD building.

Tiger love.

Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI, IISD RS, suggested ways to bring the mountain agenda to Rio+20.
The conference room at the Soaltee Hotel.
Ceiling in the Bhutan Pavilion at the ICIMOD headquarters.
The ENB team having a blast in Kathmandu. L-R: Kate Harris, Kate Neville, Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI, Tanya Rosen, IISD RS; and friend Melissa Yule, Cycling Silk.

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*Workshop and Conference Programme
*Conference flyer
*Green Economy Report
*Millennium Ecosystem Assessments Report
*Green Economy Coalition
*The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
*Stakeholder Forum
*South Centre


IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UNCSD, 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UNCSD, 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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