Subject: !!Press Release_Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Kathmandu Declaration (9 September 2011)
From: “Nira Gurung” <>
Date: Fri, September 9, 2011 5:14 pm
To: “Hadi Susilo Arifin” <>
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Dear Friends,
Please find below a Press Release, 'Green Economy and Sustainable 
Mountain Development:  Kathmandu Declaration' issued today in relation 
to the International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable 
Mountain Development  jointly organised by the International Centre 
for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the United Nations 
Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kathmandu from 5 to 7 September 2011.
It is also available on our website at

Feel free to disseminate it widely to your networks and others who 
may be interested in the news. Thank you for your support!

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Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: 
Kathmandu Declaration Conference addresses new opportunities for 
sustainable development of mountain regions.

(Kathmandu, 9 September 2011)

A gathering of 150 policy makers,  scientists,  and development 
experts from the world's mountain regions have endorsed the Kathmandu 
Declaration on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development, 
hoping  to ensure the place of mountain systems, in particular in 
the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, in current global discussions on 
the environment, economy, and sustainable development.

The declaration was the outcome of the three-day International 
Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development
jointly organised by the International Centre for Integrated 
Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the United Nations Environment 
Programme (UNEP) in Kathmandu from 5 to 7 September.  The 
conference included participation not only from the Hindu
Kush-Himalayan region, but also from Central Asia, the Middle East 
and North Africa,
Latin America, North America and Europe. Right Honourable President 
of the Republic of Nepal, Dr Ram Baran Yadav, inaugurated the 
three-day conference. Dr RK Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental 
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), delivered the keynote speech.

'Green economy' refers to promotion of a low-carbon economy in the 
framework ofsustainable development. Mountainous developing countries
already have low-carbon economies, but they also have an extremely 
high incidence of poverty. The challenge in mountain regions is 
to keep these economies low carbon while promoting their
sustainable development.

The representatives of science, government, civil society, and 
the private sector who were gathered in Kathmandu pooled their 
understanding about how the green economy framework can be harnessed 
to improve the lives of mountain people and the conservation of 
mountain ecosystems. They concurred that mountains are global natural
assets  and support about half of the global population by providing
fresh water, energy, floral and faunal biodiversity, food, and other 
ecosystem goods and services, as well as cultural diversity and 
traditional knowledge. Economic growth and sustainability in lowlands
depend highly on the mountain ecosystem services, directly or 
indirectly. It is in the common interest of national, regional, and 
global communities to conserve and develop mountain ecosystem 
services. Key recommendations in the declaration included the 
recognition of benefits deriving from mountains; incorporation of 
the value of ecosystems services in national development planning 
and decision making; the establishment of global, regional, national,
and local mechanisms to compensate and reward mountain communities 
for the services they provide; the establishment of favourable 
conditions for improving markets for mountain ecosystem goods and 
services; inclusion of equity concerns in green economy in mountains; 
and  access to resources and property rights for mountain women, 
indigenous communities, and marginalised groups. A clear message 
that came from the conference is that mountains are critical for 
addressing global environmental challenges and promoting green 
economy and sustainable development.  Participants were of the view 
that a green economy is an important concept for mountainous 
developing countries; it has the potential for creating new 
investments and generating new jobs if mountain-specific approaches 
are taken to tap the emerging opportunities.

The declaration will feed into the forthcoming United Nations 
Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Rio 
de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012.

For more information please contact:
Nira Gurung <

Communications Officer
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Tel +977-1-5003222 Fax +977-1-5003277

Notes to Editor
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD,  
is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving 
the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas - 
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and 
Pakistan - and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalisation and climate 
change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile 
mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. 
ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, 
adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while 
addressing upstream-downstream issues. We support regional 
transboundary programmes through partnership with regional partner 
institutions, facilitate the exchange of experience, and serve as 
a regional knowledge hub. We strengthen networking among regional 
and global centres of excellence. Overall, we are working to develop 
an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to 
improve the living standards of mountain populations and to 
sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living 
downstream - now, and for the future.

Nira Gurung
Communications Officer, Knowledge Management
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel +977-1-5003222 Ext 115 Fax +977-1-5003277 Web<>