Key Achievements

APMN has been instrumental in shaping and influencing the evolving regional and international mountain agenda through the mobilization of regional input from its constituencies. For instance, the International Year of Mountains 2002 was a watershed year in which APMN was in the forefront, providing regional input to the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, Bishkek Global Mountain Summit, Asia High Summit and to the global 'Celebrating Mountain Women' conference as well as to the emerging Mountain Partnership. APMN has been facilitating implementation of the recommendation of these Summits by facilitating advocacy through its members.

APMN has equally contributed for developing baseline information about the mountain environment in the Asia-Pacific region through various activities. Development of the ’Mountains of Asia: A regional Inventory (1999)’ is a milestone in this area. Besides APMN is engaged in bringing the mountain agenda in the forefront of public discussion, one of the example includes ‘Tough Terrain: Media Reports on Mountain Issues (November 1999)’. APMN’s periodic bulletin is very popular among member and non-member of MF involved in activities relevant to SMD.

Through occasional e-conferences and e-discussions APMN has contributed in policy development process, knowledge production and documentation at various geographic scales. At the same time APMN maintained discussion lists (mf-asiapacific mf-centralasia) have provided a common platform to shares knowledge and interact among to its registered users from 38 countries and many others from the rest of the world. APMN at the current phase is in the process of commercialising its services in order to maintain its sustainability. This has also contributed to raise awareness about and membership commitment to SMD.

APMN together with MFS and ICIMOD has established a global digital photo contest platform aiming to capture problems and constraints associated with SMD at global level and has helped to raise the mountain solidarity and added a new perspective to look at the mountains.

APMN Small Grants Programme in various sub-regions of Asia-Pacific (implemented in two phases) has significantly contributed to develop capacity of researchers and local organisations in the region.
Through APMN, ICIMOD maintains important linkages with other Asian mountain regions. One example of this has been the successful Council for Sustainable Development of Central Asia (CoDoCA) conferences on the mountainous countries of Central Asia.

Further, its grassroots level programme such as the Pilot Radio Project implemented in collaboration with MFS and Radio Sagarmatha has been successful to raise the voices of the community people up to the policy level by promoting two way communications. It has facilitated exploration of pertinent issues of the mountain people and its dissemination to larger masses, instigating discussions/dialogues for possible solutions and policy initiatives on the issues raised by the mountain people. Other initiatives for reaching the grass root such as diversifying its off-line outreach activities through the ‘Alternative Media Project’ and targeting the younger generation through its ‘Prem Panda Initiative’ has also given APMN the needed experience and credibility.

Over the years, APMN has been able to gain credibility through its knowledge and policy advocacy initiatives. External review of APMN (2007) indicates positive contribution of APMN on information generation, dissemination and establishing networks through its various communication channels as well as promotion activities such as e-conference, e-discussion, publication and digital photo contest and outreach activities. The same review also acknowledges contribution of APMN in policy dialogue and awareness rising at various levels with regards to the issue of Sustainable Mountain Development. Knowledge and information generated from the fragile mountain ecosystem has facilitated policy makers and other development practitioners to comprehend the change happening and its associated vulnerability in the fragile and unique ecosystem of the mountain regions. 

APMN, in consultation with MF and ICIMOD is continuously trying to diversify its funding source as well as its activities. In the process, APMN is initiating appropriate dialogue with ICIMOD so as to institutionalise APMN as a major component of the integrated programmes of ICIMOD. Further, APMN, in coordination with ICIMOD and MFS to support FAO-Mountain Partnership Secretariat has carried out several projects in the past. Some outstanding activities include, who’s who mapping exercise, biodiversity twinning project, research on mountain products, communication need assessment and broadband study among others. APMN is also working on a number of proposals jointly with the MFS to ensure funding for the coming years. APMN is gradually attaining sustainability after being firmly integrated within Mountain Forum and ICIMOD.