31 January – 4 February 2012: ICIMOD side events at the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), New Delhi, India


Call for a new agenda to sustain mountains as a global commons. On 2 February, ICIMOD, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) jointly organised a side event on `Sustainable Mountain Development in the Context of Rio+20’. The event called for a new mountain agenda at global level to protect and sustain mountain systems for their vital services as a global commons – chiefly as sources of water for drinking, agriculture, industry, and hydropower, but also for their climate regulating and carbon-storage functions, their unique agrobiodiversity, and the many natural products derived from mountain niche ecosystems. The session concluded that the new mountain agenda should promote incentives to mountain people for conserving and managing natural resources in order to ensure a continued flow of crucial goods and services for the benefit of all. Read more at www.icimod.org/?q=6551 

It’s high time that businesses invest in mountain ecosystem management. As part of ICIMOD’s efforts to engage the private sector, ICIMOD and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) held a joint side event on 3 February on ‘Business Opportunities in Mountain Ecosystem Management’. The event provided a rare opportunity for scientists, economists, members of the business community, and policy makers to focus on the role and responsibility of businesses in sustainable mountain development, and to look at the emerging investment opportunities. Companies attending included Dabar India, Infosys, Philips, Lavasa Corporation Limited, Tata Power, and World House. International non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations such as WWF, UNESCO, and UNIDO were also present. The speakers emphasised the scope for achieving goals related to both business and ecological sustainability through mechanisms such as value chains, payment for ecosystem services, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and access and benefit sharing. Read more at www.icimod.org/?q=6553