Active Remedy has been a member of the Mountain Partnership since 2012 and we were very happy to have the opportunity to join with the other MP members on this common goal. We have worked for many years on raising awareness about the fact that the health of mountain ecosystems is not simply a topic for mountain communities, but also an important topic for the whole global community. These ecosystems are an essential part of the global water cycle and climate systems.
The MP Framework for Action was launched at the start of the meeting and throughout the three days, MP members discussed the challenges and responses to it and its alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Both Stella Joy and Tara Joy took the opportunity throughout the discussions, to propose that the mountain agenda would be significantly strengthened by placing far greater emphasis upon the role of mountain ecosystems for regulating the global water cycle. They applauded the advocacy work of MP members and the Secretariat in getting 3 Targets for mountains into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They also emphasised that because Targets 6.6 and 15.1 of the 2030 Agenda included mountains, water and ecosystems, working for the achievement of these two Targets would facilitate the achievement of Target 15.4. This input seemed to be generally well received.
The different MP members brought up some interesting and important points and it was refreshing to hear about their experiences in working for mountains and their communities throughout the world and their visions for a joint action plan for the next four years. Work priorities for the next four years, organised around MP’s functions of advocacy, capacity development, joint action, and communication, were identified. There was a general consensus that, somehow, far greater engagement with the wider global community was needed so that mountains are no longer viewed simply as a niche topic but instead as regions with very significant environmental impact. Grammenos Mastrojeni (Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy) spoke very clearly about the urgency of this. It seemed very positive that the key role of mountains and their ecosystems for regulating water was discussed at some length throughout various meetings. However due to the urgency of the global water and climate situation, this discussion needs to be extended and given far great attention.
Active Remedy is also a partner with the UNFCCC in the Nairobi Work Program (NWP) focused upon addressing the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation approaches to human induced climate change. Therefore when the COP Summits were mentioned Stella Joy proposed that Mountain Partnership joined forces with the Nairobi Work Program and as is recommended in the NWP Synthesis Paper on ‘Health and Adaptation’, 2017:
We at Active Remedy sincerely hope that this meeting has helped to forge stronger links between the MP members and that as a result, fresh collaborative initiatives will be implemented that aid in the large scale conservation and restoration of mountain ecosystems and empowerment of mountain communities.