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Why Mountains Matter for Forests and Biodiversity: A Call for Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

03 Feb 2014

This brief highlights the importance of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in mountain regions and the need to integrate them into the sustainable development goals (SDGs), by proposing mountain-specific targets and indicators.

Mountain forests deliver ecosystem goods and services to communities in the mountains and in the adjacent lowland areas, providing clean water, and helping to buffer the impacts of natural hazards. However, growing demand from local and international users, and the unsustainable use of forest and biodiversity resources, pose a threat to these ecosystems.

Promoting and developing solutions for the sustainable management of mountain forests will be essential to prevent further losses of ecosystems and their services.

This brief was part of an overall initiative of the Mountain Partnership to mainstream mountain-related issues into the SDG process.

Status: Completed

Type: Mountains Outlook

Year of publication: 2014

Tags: biodiversity ecosystem forests mountains polar

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