Promoting Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change
Mountain regions are key contexts for sustainable global development because (1) mountains provide critical and indispensable goods and services to a significant proportion of humankind; and (2) mountains are among the most disadvantaged regions in a global perspective: they are among the regions with the highest poverty rates, and among those most vulnerable to global (climate) change and related risks.
Global changes including climate change are heavily affecting mountain regions, which exacerbates already existing challenges and increases the pressure on mountain people and resources. This enforces unsustainable land management practices and land abandonment, which in turn might i.a. imperil the provision of key mountain services. With the SMD4GC programme, support to sustainable mountain development (SMD) is provided to increase the resilience of the mountain population, which is increasingly vulnerable due to the ongoing global changes.
Overall goal and outcomes of the programme
The overall goal of SMD4GC is to essentially contribute to SMD under uncertain changes in climatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions, focusing on poverty and risk reduction. The objectives are to launch (policy) instruments for SMD at different levels by local, national and international stakeholders and decision makers, and to implement knowledge-based SMD activities. These objectives will be pursued by generating the following key outputs:
- Raised awareness on SMD issues
- Increased promotion of and support to SMD activities
- Enhanced capacities for SMD knowledge generation
- Improved access to SMD knowledge and know-how
- Increased stakeholder capacity
- Application of knowledge and know-how in pilot studies
• CDE (Centre for Development and Environment, University of Berne)
• CONDESAN (Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion)
• FDDM (Fondation pour le développement durable des régions de montagne)
• ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development)
• UCA (University of Central Asia)
• UZH (University of Zurich) and WGMS (World Glacier Monitoring Service)
Glacier monitoring and capacity building: important ingredients for sustainable mountain development pdf
Mountain Research and Development, 37(1), 141–152
Stäubli, A., Nussbaumer, S. U., Allen, S., Huggel, C., Wymann von Dach, S. 2017
Diverse natural hazards – high human and economic losses
In: S. Wymann von Dach, F. Bachmann, I. Alcántara-Ayala, S. Fuchs, M. Keiler, A. Mishra, E. Sötz (Eds.), Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains: making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development. Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP), 12–17. Link
Salzmann, N., Huggel, C., Nussbaumer, S.U., Ziervogel, G. (Eds.) 2016
Climate change adaptation strategies – an upstream-downstream perspective
Springer, Cham. Book flyer / More information and chapters
Huggel, C., Carey, M., Clague, J.J., Kääb, A. (Eds.) 2015
The high-mountain cryosphere: environmental changes and human risks
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Link
Towards indicators for sustainable mountain development – synthesizing from projects on environmental change pdf
World Mountain Forum, Mbale (Uganda) 2016
Salzmann, N., Huggel, C., Nussbaumer, S., Kohler, T., Nanchen, E., Wehrli, A.
Promoting Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) pdf
Perth III Conference on Mountains of Our Future Earth, Perth (UK) 2015
Huggel, C., Burn, C., Clague, J.J., Hewitt, K., Kääb, A., Krautblatter, M., Kargel, J.S., Reynolds, J., Sergey, S.
GAPHAZ: improving knowledge management of glacier and permafrost hazards and risks in mountains pdf
European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna 2014
Nussbaumer, S.U., Armstrong, R., Denzinger, F., Fetterer, F., Gärtner-Roer, I., Haeberli, W., Hoelzle, M., Kääb, A., Kargel, J., Paul, F., Raup, B., Zemp, M.
Integrated glacier monitoring and capacity building within the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers pdf
World Mountain Forum, Cuzco 2014