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A new working paper compiled jointly by the MRI and the Centre for Development and Environment offers an evidence-informed preliminary assessment of a subset of UN Sustainable Development Goal indicators tailored to a sustainable mountain development context.
To achieve sustainable development, mountain communities and ecosystems must overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities that are specific to the mountain context. Monitoring the progress of mountain regions as they work towards sustainable mountain development therefore needs to be contextualized to effectively guide, coordinate, and assess development efforts. To support this process, the MRI is developing an approach for assessing sustainable mountain development using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) framework.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated SDGs represent a comprehensive approach to sustainable development, covering multiple dimensions of sustainability and allocating responsibility at the national level for prioritization, monitoring, and reporting. Within the SDG framework, concerted efforts to acquire and globally harmonize indicator data offer opportunities to assess and track sustainable development. It is hoped that this new, focused approach for assessing sustainable mountain development, developed by the MRI in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), will help contextualize and highlight the specific needs and challenges faced in mountain areas, and inform policy and decision-making at all levels.
This work is being undertaken as part of the Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme, financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation.
As a first step, the MRI conducted a survey of mountain researchers interested in sustainable development to identify a subset of SDG indicators that are relevant for monitoring and reporting on sustainable mountain development. Next, to investigate data availability and accessibility for these indicators in countries in the SMD4GC regions, the MRI performed a desktop study with selected SMD4GC partners.
Now, a newly published working paper presents the outcomes of this study. It identifies challenges to and opportunities for reporting on the indicators that are representative for sustainable mountain social-ecological systems, and offers recommendations for further work.
The following key conclusions are outlined in the working paper:
DOWNLOAD THE FULL PAPER: Bracher C, Wymann von Dach S, Adler C. 2018. Challenges and Opportunities in Assessing Sustainable Mountain Development Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Report Compiled by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), in Collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). CDE Working Paper 3. Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE).