Project goal and outcomes (2009-2011)

In course of APMN’s existence for more than a decade since 1995 and the endorsement of the ‘Mountain Agenda’ in 1992, significant new developments in ICIMOD and other global institutional efforts for sustainable mountain development, has pushed APMN to a point where it is beset with both challenges and opportunities. The development of new strategic approach of ICIMOD and the establishment of the decentralised hub of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat hosted by ICIMOD has opened up new avenues for APMN to reinvigorate its role as a knowledge exchange network for sustainable mountain development in Asia-Pacific.

APMN’s existence in ICIMOD was succinctly described by the formerDirector General of ICIMODEgbert Pelinck in the forward to the report ‘Mountains of Asia’ as: “While the focus of the ICIMOD has been and is Hindu Kush-Himalayas, the Centre has always acknowledged the linkages and interfaces that exist between these mountains and other ranges in Asia. For this reason, the Centre had, with the help of SDC, established the APMN in late 1995. It is through this network that the Centre maintains important linkages with other Asian mountain regions.”

The overall goal of APMN is to operate as Asia-Pacific regional network to support ICIMOD and users in collecting, documenting and sharing information and knowledge on sustainable mountain development and engaging more people in knowledge sharing, raise awareness and bringing people together for this cause through modern means.

In order to achieve the goal the specific outcomes of the APMN 2009-2011 project are:

  1. Mountain Forum’s Asia Pacific activities are continued with increased membership, managed discussion lists, organisations of e-conferences/e-discussions, increased MF initiatives in the region, publication of regional bulletin and synthesis reports, better web presence, networking, partnership building and Info and knowledge sharing support to partners and members,
  2. Information on SMD in Asia Pacific is collected, documented (in any forms viz. print, radio, TV, internet and citizen journalism), packaged (SMD country profiles), updated (updating ‘Mountains of Asia’ inventory report prepared by APMN in 1998), shared among the member countries and partners and there is web presence of them  in public domains (AP SMD Portal in Wikipedia or APMN site itself),
  3. Ensured active engagement of Media (media workshop and follow-up reporting activities) and Youths ( offering mentorship, internship, volunteering and exchange programmes) in SMD Advocacy and their sub-networks are created and maintained,
  4. Improved role as a knowledge facilitator with established thematic knowledge repositories and CoPs on crosscutting issues (including some already started gender, climate change, biodiversity conservation etc.) and available policy recommendations on the same using expertise of MF/APMN members (next level of e-discussion/e-conference summaries)