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Highlands and Drylands. Mountains, a source of resilience in arid regions

Highlands and Drylands. Mountains, a source of resilience in arid regions
  • Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). December 2011
  • This publication aims at raising the awareness of the global role of dryland mountains by including these key ecosystems in important global processes such as in particular the UN High Level Panel on Sustainability (GSP), the Rio2012 Conference on Sustainable Development, and the forthcoming next biennium of the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) in 2013/2014. It also helps address the particularities of dryland mountains within the global process of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The publication is intended to (1) provide an overall vision of the ecological, social and cultural features of dryland mountain socio-ecosystems, highlighting those processes and elements which have determined their resilience to past and present disturbances, describing current and future impacts, and offering a perspective on conservation and sustainable development based on successful examples from all regions of the world, (2) raise the awareness of development experts, donors and policy and decision makers about the relevance, extent, main challenges, solutions and good practices developed to address desertification and development issues in dryland mountain ecosystems worldwide.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Drylands, Mountains, Sustainable development, Water management, Water scarcity
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Development agencies, Environmental practitioners, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Awareness raising
  • Type of resource: Good practices, Recommendations
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Published in 2015