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MEPS is committed to the conservation and promotion of sustainable development of mountain ecosystems thereby ensuring the well-being of highland as well as lowland communities and safeguarding the integrity and cultural diversity of mountain societies.

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[2014-04-06] Change called for in mountain agriculture

The 100 participants from 30 countries attending the International Conference on Organic and Ecological Agriculture in Mountain Ecosystems developed an action plan for the transition towards organic agriculture and food systems in mountain areas.

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[2014-03-15] The seventh IPROMO Course

The seventh IPROMO Course - the training programme on sustainable mountain development - jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO and the University of Turin, Faculty of Agriculture - Department of Protection of Agroforestry Resources, with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be held in July.

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[2014-03-08] Mountain Research and Development, Volume 34, Issue 1 available online

Papers in this open issue of MRD address issues from governance to human–nature interaction and assessments of biophysical dynamics in mountains.

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[2014-03-05] World Water Day, 22 March 2014: Water and Energy

22 March each year is World Water Day. It is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme in 2014 is Water and Energy.

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[2014-03-04] Celebrating forests for sustainable development

Forests are essential for the survival of people everywhere. They are also at the heart of sustainable development. In 2012, the UN General Assembly declared 21 March as the International Day of Forests to “celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests”. A wide range of special events will celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014.

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[2014-03-01] 5th Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and CSO forum - Cancun, Mexico. May 2014

Registration is open now for civil society organizations (CSOs) to attend the 5th GEF Assembly in Cancun Mexico from May 25-29, 2014.

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[2014-02-26] Peru holds brainstorming session with 20 countries to include mountains in Post-2015 development agenda

Diplomats from twenty countries convened at the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations in New York, USA, on 6 February 2014 to discuss how to integrate mountains in the Post-2015 development agenda.

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[2014-02-26] International Day of Forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) produced a video for the International Day of Forests, which is celebrated on 21 March.

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[2014-02-26] World Mountain Forum, Cusco, Peru, 23 -24 May, 2014

This international event will provide an opportunity for dialogue among stakeholders to promote sustainable mountain development, to share learning experiences and to reach an agreement on policy recommendations for land management.

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[2014-02-24] UN General Assembly proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

Geneva, 23 December 2013 – On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.

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