International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and 
Rural Development in Mountain Regions (SARD)
16-20 June 2002, Adelboden, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 17 June 2002 

On Monday, SARD-M2002 convened in a morning plenary to hear keynote presentations, Chaired by D McGuire, FAO. Participants also met in working groups (workshops) in the afternoon and heard various mountain themed case studies. In the evening delegates were treated to a cultural night hosted by the Swiss Farmers Union.



Keynote Presentations:

D McGuire, FAO gave a brief introduction on the thematic focus of the Conference.

W Fust, Director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,
highlighted Switzerland's substantial programme contribution to the Internal Year of the Mountains (IYM), the role of agriculture in the context of sustainable development and provided information on work and experience of swiss development cooperation in relation to development in mountain regions.

In his keynote speech Andrea Negri, Vice President of Euromontana, focused on the work of the Third European Assembly on Mountain Regions. He emphasized that while Europe’s preoccupations with SARD in mountain regions were similar to those of other continents, political solutions differed. It is in this area that cooperation and information exchange are useful

Claude Martin, Director General, WWF International
, queried whether sufficient commonalities existed between mountain regions to justify a common agenda. He highlighted the importance of eco-regional planning in integrating environmental, economic and social concerns in SARD.

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Luis S. Botero, FAO introduced participants to the tasks ascribed to the eight working groups. He noted that the purpose of the working groups was to enable in depth discussion, sharing of experiences and crafting of proposals for action

Bernard Lehmann,  Institute of Agro-Economy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
, explained the concept of Multifunctional agriculture as a model for sustainable development in mountain regions.

Peter Moser, Historian
, focused on the historic evolution of rural development of the Swiss mountain region. 
Cultural Night at Silleren hosted by the Swiss Farmer's Union

Official Website of SARD-Mountains Conference
Sustainable Developments coverage of the launching of the International Year of the Mountains
Official Website of the International Year of Mountains
FAO and the International Year of Mountains
Mountain Institute

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