23-25 August 2011: Regional Sharing Workshop on Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region for Rio +20

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ICIMOD, as a member of the Mountain Partnership Consortium, organised a three-day workshop on ‘Regional Sharing of Experiences, Challenges, and Opportunities’ in promoting sustainable mountain development in the context of the upcoming Rio+20 conferences. The workshop was held from 23-25 August 2011 in Kathmandu. The meeting brought together more than 40 experts from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan) as well as from the Southeast Asian and Pacific countries (Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea) to share the progress made since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and to deliberate on the environmental, economic, and social challenges that people living in fragile hilly and mountain ecosystems face in meeting the goals of sustainable development.

The workshop came up with key messages and recommendations based on the 15 case studies on diverse mountain themes; on the findings of the e-conferences in the HKH, South East Asia and the Pacific, and South and Central Asia;  on key informants’ presentations from other countries; as well as based on discussions conducted in various sessions. These are expected to contribute to a regional assessment report on the challenges and opportunities for Rio+20 in the HKH as well as the Asia Pacific Region. The report will be presented at a global conference on sustainable mountain development in Lucerne, Switzerland in October 2011. The Lucerne conference is expected to prepare a global report on the same theme to feed into the preparatory process for the Rio+20 conferences to be held by the United Nations in June 2012.