Partnership implemented in
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • Yemen

Additional information
International Partnership for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions (Mountain Partnership)


Altai Republic of the Russian Federation 
Congo (Democratic Republic of) 
Sri Lanka 
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 

Major Groups and NGOs:
Active Remedy Ltd. 
Adelboden Group 
African Conservation Foundation 
African Mountain Association (AMA)
Agency of Development Initiatives  
Agrarian Platform 
Agriculture Research Council of Italy- Department of Agronomy, Forestry and Land Use  
Akwapim Mountain Women?s Forum (AMWF)
Albertine Rift Conservation Society 
Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities 
American Councils for International Education  
Ancash Association 
Andean Mountain Association 
Argentinean Environmental Centre 
Aspen (City of, USA) 
Aspen International Mountain Foundation 
Association Ardito Desio 
Association Européenne CAP EUROPE 
Association for Social Development  
Association of Forest and Land Users Kyrgyzstan 
Association of Forest and Land Users Tajikistan 
Balkan Foundation for Sustainable Development 
Basalt (Town of, USA)  
Broad Initiatives for Negros Development (BIND)
Bulgarian Association for Development of Mountain Regions (BULMONTANA)
CAMP Alatoo 
CAMP Kuhiston 
CEE Himalaya, Centre for Environment Education, Himalaya Initiative 
Cameroon National Network of Associations and NGOs of the Mountain Partnership 
Centre for Alpine Ecology (CEA) 
Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Reduction  
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Centre for Mountain Studies 
Club Arc Alpin (CAA)
Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN)
Courmayeur Foundation 
Crescente Fértil 
Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company 
Department of Development and Protection of Agroforestry Resources (DIVAPRA) - University of Turin 
EasyLan (EasyLan)
Ecological Tourism in Europe 
Environment and Tourism Support 
Environmental Research Center of the Khazar University 
European Academy (EURAC)
European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas (AEM)
European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas  (AEM)
European Mountain Forum (EMF)
Ev-K2-CNR Committee 
Federal Institute for Less-Favoured and Mountainous Areas (BABF)
Foundation Agreste 
Foundation Ecohabitats 
Foundation Fundepáramos  
Foundation Pangea 
Foundation ProYungas for the Development and Preservation of SubTropical Mountain Forests (ProYungas)
Foundation Sendero of Chile 
Foundation for Environment and Development 
Foundation for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions (FDDM)
Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS)
Global Mountain Action  
Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment 
Gruppman International Violin Institute 
HELP International 
Huayhuash Peru 
International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies 
International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA)
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation 
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA)
International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
MAB-6 Center 
MAKMONTANA - Association for the Development of Mountain Regions in the Republic of Macedonia 
Migration and Development  
Mountain Areas Conservation and Development Services  
Mountain Environment Protection Society (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Mountain Forum 
Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
Mountain Research and Development 
Mountain Societies Development Support Programme 
Mountain Studies Institute 
National Association for the Rural Development of Romanian Mountains  
National Organization of Mountain Municipalities, Communities and Bodies (UNCEM)
National Union of Mountain Guides 
Nepal Development Research Institute 
New World Hope Organization  
Nile Basin Society 
Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Exchange Programme  (NTFP)
Orem (City of; USA) 
Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation 
Park City (USA) 
PlaNet Finance 
Practical Action (Regional Office for Latin America, Soluciones Prácticas) 
Public Foundation Kyrgyzstan Mountain Societies 
Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus 
Research Unit - Mountain Research: Man & Environment - Austrian Academy of Sciences 
Resources Himalaya Foundation 
Romanian Mountain Forum 
Rural Development Fund 
Salt Lake City (USA) 
Society for Conserving Planet and Life 
Sports Medicine School (La Scuola di Specializzazione in Medicina dello Sport)  
Sultan Qaboos University 
Swat Youth Front  
Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) 
The Mountain Institute (TMI) 
The Pendeba Society 
The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia 
The Telluride Institute 
Tropical Science Center (Centro Científico Tropical) 
UNESCO Club of Serres 
University of Central Asia  
Utah Valley State College and Utah-Russia Institute 
Vista 360° 
Volunteers for Africa / ECODECO Partnership 
Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM (WOCAN)
World Economic Forum 
World Mountain People Association (WMPA)
World Wildlife Fund International (WWF-International)
Yachay Wasi 

Intergovernmental organizations:
African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)
Alpine Convention 
Asian Development Bank 
Carpathian Convention  
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
International Potato Center (CIP)
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Environment Programme 
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations University (UNU)
World Bank (WB) 

Partnership Overview | Objectives

The Mountain Partnership is a voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the well-being, livelihoods and opportunities of mountain people and the protection and stewardship of mountain environments around the world. The Mountain Partnership taps the wealth and diversity of resources, knowledge, skills and expertise of its members to support positive change in mountain areas. The Partnership was launched as a type-2 outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002: the basic concept and guiding principles of the Mountain Partnership resulted from a consultative process that took place during the preparatory sessions of the WSSD with its core document (known as the Bali Document) finalized at the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Bali, Indonesia, 27 May - 7June 2002). Commitment to the Mountain Partnership has increased rapidly at the country, regional and international levels and concrete action is now underway to improve the lives of mountain people and protect mountain environments around the world. By March 2009, 50 countries, 16 intergovernmental organizations and 96 major group organizations (e.g. civil society, NGOs, private sector) had already joined the Mountain Partnership. A Mountain Partnership Secretariat, with financial support from the governments of Italy and Switzerland, is hosted at the central level by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Decentralized hubs of the secretariat have also been established in Latin America (hosted by CONDESAN), Asia Pacific (hosted by ICIMOD) and North America (hosted by the Banff Centre) and an Environmental Reference Centre is hosted by UNEP to provide guidance and support on environmental issues related to the Mountain Partnership.

The Mountain Partnership facilitates the effective and efficient implementation of Chapter 13, Agenda 21 and promotes, inter alia, joint initiatives based on paragraph 42 of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and other related instruments regarding mountains, by enhancing on-the-ground action and by working at the policy, programme and project levels. Specific partnership initiatives have been identified by members and are focussing on priority areas of action, such as biodiversity, education, gender, policy and law, research, sustainable livelihoods, sustainable agriculture and rural development in mountains (SARD-M) and watershed management. Additionally, geographically-focussed Initiatives have been launched and are operational in the Andes, Central Asia, Europe, the Hindu Kush Himalaya and other regions. New initiatives are developed as new priority areas are identified by members. Linkages between partnership initiatives are being encouraged at the local, national, regional and global levels, with members entering into specific initiatives according to their priorities, needs and capacities.

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