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World Mountain Forum (WMF)

23-24 May 2014 | Cusco, Peru

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Cusco City Hall Convention Center
The World Mountain Forum opened on Friday, 23 May 2014, in Cusco, Peru, with introductory remarks followed by a session in the morning on climate change and a session in the afternoon on family farming.

In opening addresses, speakers discussed, among other things: the need for dialogue on sustainable mountain development (SMD) in order to contribute to international processes such as the post-2015 development agenda and climate change negotiations; the consequences of climate change in mountain regions; the sacred nature of mountains to some local communities; and the need to “transform words into actions.”

The climate change session included panels on water resources, ecosystems and climate change adaptation. Speakers discussed, inter alia, the inclusion of climate change adaptation issues in national development action plans; knowledge gaps related to climate change adaptation in mountainous regions, including a lack of understanding of downstream implications; and indigenous water management practices in mountain regions.

Consisting of a series of presentations, in which several panelists highlighted 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, the family farming session concluded with a policy dialogue in which panelists considered how to improve incomes and quality of life for mountain populations, address youth migration and compensate mountain communities for their stewardship of ecosystem services. In discussions, participants highlighted, inter alia, the threats to mountains from mining, existing mountain community networks in Andean countries and how to finance energy systems in mountain communities.
Opening Plenary
José Félix Pinto-Bazurco, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru; Ambassador Hans-Ruedi Bortis, Switzerland; and Efraín Samochuallpa Solis, Cusco Regional Government, Peru

Efraín Samochuallpa Solis, Cusco Regional Government, Peru
José Félix Pinto-Bazurco, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru
Ambassador Hans-Ruedi Bortis, Switzerland

Climate Change

Pema Gyamtsho, Opposition Leader, National Assembly of Bhutan
Carlos Amat y León Chávez, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru
Anil Mishra, International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, IHP, UNESCO
Ronal Cervantes, Climate Change Adaptation Programme (PACC), Peru
Nadine Salzmann, University of Zurich, Switzerland
The session on ecosystems was moderated by Rosalaura Romeo (left), Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

Musonda Mumba, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Manuel Peralvo, Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN)
Pablo Dourojeanni, Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) in Mountain Ecosystems, Peru
Stephen Mugabi, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
Musonda Mumba, UNEP; Manuel Peralvo, CODESAN; and Pablo Dourojeanni, EBA in Mountain Ecosystems, Peru
José Félix Pinto-Bazurco, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru; Silveiro Choquenaira, farmer, Peru; Alberto Paniagua, Peruvian Trust Fund for National Parks and Protected Areas, Peru; Eusebio Ingol Blanco, National Water Authority, Peru; Dhrupad Choudhury, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); and Khavrullo Ibodzoda, State Committee on Environmental Protection, Tajikistan
Family Farming
Flavia Nabugere, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda
John Preissing, FAO
Dhrupad Choudhury, ICIMOD
View of the afternoon plenary
Aida Jamangulova, Agency of Development Initiatives (ADI), Kyrgyzstan
Family farming panelists in a question and answer period.
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*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, 17-19 October 2013, Erzurum, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of Mountain Day 2 - “Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities,” 3 December 2012, Doha, Qatar

*IISD RS briefing note of the Meeting of the Mountain Focus Group, 14 December 2011, UN headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of Mountain Day, 4 December 2011, Durban, South Africa

*IISD RS coverage of the International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development - “Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20”, 5-7 September 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal

*IISD RS coverage of the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Mountain Regions (SARD), 16-20 June 2002, Adelboden, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of the Launch of the International Year of Mountains (IYM) , 11 December 2001, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings

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*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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