Special Event - Sustainable Mountain Development in the Context of Rio+20 - 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit


Why an Event on Sustainable Mountain Development?

The theme of the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) is ‘Protecting the Global Commons: 20 Years Post Rio’. Global mountain systems are among the most important global commons. They support about half of the global population by providing fresh water, food, life-saving medicinal plants, energy, and rich biodiversity, including agro-biodiversity. They also offer unique landscape values for recreation and tourism. Sustainable management of the mountains’ diverse natural resources by local people ensures provision of ecosystem services downstream, while helping to secure mountain livelihoods and reduce poverty. Mountain communities, with their high adaptive capacity, resilience, and resourceful use of traditional knowledge and skills, have created sustainable solutions for adapting to change that can be valuable to the global community at large.

Agenda 21 of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit dedicated Chapter 13 to mountains. Since then, sustainable mountain development has taken on greater importance and has come to face new challenges with the changing context of climate change, globalisation, migration, biodiversity loss, and rapid socioeconomic transformation. Therefore there is an urgent need to revisit Chapter 13 and redefine the agenda for meeting these challenges – for a new ‘Mountain Agenda’.

This DSDS special event will focus on policy and governance issues and strategies. The themes of the presentation and discussions will be based on the two themes of the Rio+20 conference: green economy and the institutional framework (governance) in the context of sustainable development, and poverty reduction.

Tentative Programme

18:00 - 19:00 Presentations by the Event Organisers

    • The New Mountain Agenda: From Rio 1992 to Rio+20 – ICIMOD
    • Good Governance for the Conservation of the Himalayan Ecosystems for Sustainable Development of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region – MOEF
    • Valuation of Mountain Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction: TERI’s Experience in Valuating Forest Ecosystems – TERI

19:00 - 20:00 Ministers’/Policy Makers’ Panel Discussion and
                    Open Forum

Expected Outcome

  • Sharing of information on the latest national and regional strategies, policies, and actions to advocate and ensure the critical contribution of mountain ecosystems in meeting adaptation and sustainable development goals in the Himalayan region 
  • Proposal of a new Mountain Agenda and brainstorming to take the message forward to Rio+20