Euromontana : a European network involved at international level
Beyond its role as a European network, Euromontana is also an organisation with scientific and international vocation. Its history is linked to an initiative of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) in the 50s. This backgrounds leads naturally Euromontana to take part in international cooperation activities which link it to similar organisations on other continents.
Mountains occupy 22% of the planet surface and are home to 720 million people, representing 12% of the world’s population. 80% of them live under poverty threshold and 135 million chronically suffer from hunger.
Our cooperation actions
The Adelboden group has been created following the International Conference on sustainable agriculture and rural development in mountain areas, which took place in Switzerland, Adelboden in June 2002. With the participation of governments, international organisations and civil society groups, the Adelboden Group defines itself through the Adelboden declaration as a « platform for discussion on policies and instruments, exchange of experience and elaboration of initiatives .»
To face the growing challenges of climate change, poverty and environmental degradation affecting mountain regions, the mission of the ABG is to bridge knowledge with strategic action to promote the coordinated development of a balanced set of policies, institutions and processes based on a multi-stakeholder approach through innovative partnerships for the well-being of mountain communities and the sustainability of mountain agriculture and environments. Euromontana has been a member of the Adelboden Group since its creation.
The Adelboden Group has initiated the multi-donor FAO project « Sustainable agriculture and rural development in mountains areas » (SARD-M) to which it has then strongly contributed. Euromontana has been SARD-M Focal point for Europe.
The global forum
The mountain forum has been created in 1995, by 27 representatives of NGOs, agencies, governments and experts, following the Earth summit in Rio in 1992. Heads of States and governments approved on this occasion their Agenda 21 which pointed, in its chapter 13 dedicated to sustainable development of mountain areas, the need for stronger efforts aiming at sharing information and promoting mountain territories.
Mountain Forum seeks to share the knowledge, lessons and experiences of mountain people among a wide and diverse global community of researchers, field practitioners, policy makers, civil society groups and other stakeholders related to mountains . To achieve this, Mountain forum members try to bring key issues into policy discussions at national and international levels with the aim to improve the livelihood of mountain people and to promote the conservation of mountain environments and cultures. Membership to the Mountain Forum is free and open to anyone willing to participate.
The Forum offers its members and the public several services including discusssion lists, on-line library, news, calendar of mountain events on its website …
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European Mountain Forum
The European Mountain Forum is a network at European level of individuals and organisations concerned with the well-being of mountain population, their environment and culture . Members of the Forum count today 815 individuals and 121 organisations. The European mountain forum is the common communication portal of European mountains addressed to the public. Euromontana is a founding member of the European mountain forum.
Euromontana is a member of the Mountain partnership, a voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world. Launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2002, the Mountain Partnership taps the wealth and diversity of resources, information, knowledge, and expertise of its members to support positive change in mountain areas.
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United Nations Economic and Social Committee
The United Nations committee on NGOs has recommended to grant Euromontana a special consultative status towards the United Nations Economic and Social Committee.
The Economic and Social Committee has approved the decision during its session of July 2007. The consultative status is granted to NGOs which have a specific competency and which are concerned in a particular manner by only some activity fields covered by ECOSOC.
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