The Mountain Agenda is an informal group of people with professional interests in sustainable mountain development, drawn from the academic and development cooperation communities. The group was created prior to the Rio Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development, 1992) to enhance the position of mountains on the global environmental agenda.

In pursuing this aim, the Mountain Agenda publishes the brochure “Mountains of the World” on an annual basis. The purpose of the brochure is to help sensitize policymakers and the general public to issues pertaining to sustainable mountain development and to inform them about the crucial roles of the world's mountains in global development. The brochure is published on the occasion of the annual conference of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). Funds are provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Issues already published

  • An Appeal for the Mountains (1992)

  • Mountains of the World: Challenges for the 21st Century (1997)

  • Mountains of the World: Water Towers for the 21st Century (1998)

  • Mountains of the World: Tourism and Sustainable Mountain Development (1999)

  • Mountains of the World: Mountain forests and Sustainable Development (2000)

Issue currently in preparation

  • Mountains of the World: Infrastructure and Energy (working title) (due April 2001).

These reports are available in printed form, with illustrations, maps, and figures from CDE (address see below) while down loads of the articles can be obtained from the following web sites: or  www.mtnforum. org

[1] Mountain Agenda, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography, University of Berne, Hallerstrasse 12, CH-3012 Berne Tel: ++41 31 631 88 22 Fax: ++41 31 631 85 44

"The Mountain Agenda," Mountain Research and Development 20(3), 286, (1 August 2000).[0286:TMA]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 August 2000
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