Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain regions. Sustainable mountain development should be a global priority given the multitude of ecosystem goods and services that mountains provide; among the most important is water for half of humanity for drinking, irrigation and energy production.
As part of an overall initiative of the Mountain Partnership (www.mountainpartnership.org) to mainstream
mountain-related issues into the current Post-2015 process, a series of three thematic policy briefs have been
produced, on Energy, Climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction, Forests and Biodiversity. The briefs benefit
from various results and information gained throughout mountain-related projects and initiatives, including the
Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme