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Rio+20 Side Event: Mountain Knowledge Solutions for Sustainable Green Economy and Improved Water, Food, Energy, and Environment Nexus
18 Jun 2012 - 18 Jun 2012
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

P3-A, Rio Centro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Why Knowledge Solutions are Important for Global Sustainability
Rapid global changes including climate variability and socioeconomic transformations are creating new knowledge needs in the world, especially in mountain regions. Mountain water and biodiversity resources are increasingly threatened, while their potential as future sources of water, food, and energy is growing worldwide. Enhancing food, water, and energy security will require an appropriate institutional framework and the development and transfer of research-based knowledge that can influence policies. Technical know-how is also the foundation for building infrastructure that can enhance water, food, and energy supply. Incentives to private, public, and civil society sectors are needed to accelerate the production and distribution of knowledge-based solutions for reducing environmental risks and natural resource scarcities. ICIMOD and its partners are working together to develop knowledge solutions and technical expertise on the water, food, energy, and environment nexus.

Role of Mountains
Mountains have a special role in the water, food, energy, and environment nexus. More than half of humanity relies on water from mountains. Glaciers, ice fields, and snowpack store an immense amount of fresh water and gradually release it to meet year-round needs for irrigation, drinking, sanitation, industrial processing, clean energy, and food production. Mountains are sources of rich biodiversity providing numerous foods and medicinal products. These services are vital for human wellbeing, both in the mountains and downstream, and especially for improving the lives of indigenous, marginalized, and poor people. Yet they are under threat from rapid changes such as globalization and climate change. Applicable, accessible, and affordable knowledge is needed to help mountain people and ecosystems to adapt and to create sustainable societies.

Co-chairs
Minister of Environment, Science, and Technology, Government of Nepal
Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Government of Bhutan
Speakers
Dr David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD ? Overview
Mr Nabin Chandra Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal ? Forest policies and practices
Representative, GWCA - Livelihoods and Gender Equity
Dr Karin Lexén, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) ? Water management
Dr Maria Teresa Melis, Ev-K2-CNR ? Data and information management
Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD ? Mountain ecosystem services
High Level Panel Discussion

Further details on the web at ICIMOD Rio+2-o web:
http://www.icimod.org/rio20

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