The world's mountains are vital regions for all of humanity, providing a wide range of goods and services to their inhabitants, to those living nearby or downstream, and to the hundreds of millions who visit them or for whom they have spiritual significance. How to preserve fragile mountain ecosystems that provide critical goods and services while improving the lives of those who live in the mountains? This and other key issues of sustainable mountain development are examined in a series of papers prepared by globally-recognised experts.
Martin F. Price is the director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, UHI Millennium Institute, UK, and chair of the IUCN's Mountain Initiative Taskforce. Libor Jansky is senior academic program officer at the United Nations University's Vice Rectorate in Europe. Andrei A. Iatsenia is a senior programme officer at the United Nations Environment Programme.