Promoting Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC)
Mountains are key contexts for sustainable development due to the provision of indispensable goods and services. Still, they are among the most disadvantaged regions in the world. As a mountain country, Switzerland has an intrinsic interest and a proven track record in Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD). With the new SMD4GC programme, SDC will continue its support to SMD to increase the resilience of the mountain population, which is increasingly vulnerable due to the ongoing global changes.
Adaptation to the effects of climate change
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
- mountains provide critical and indispensable goods and services to a significant proportion of humankind
- mountains are among the most disadvantaged regions in a global perspective: they are among the regions with the highest poverty rates, and among those most vulnerable to global (climate) change and related risks.
- Launch of (policy) instruments for SMD at different levels by local, national and international stakeholders and decision makers
- Implementation of knowledge-based SMD activities
- Consorcio para el Desarrollo sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina
- International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
- Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
- Research Organisation of South East
- Unversität Bern
- ARCOS (Albertine Rift Conservation Society)
- CDE (Centre for Development and Environment)
- FDDM (Fondation pour le développement durable des régions de montagne)
- UCA (University of Central Asia)
- UZH (University of Zurich)
Mountain regions are key contexts for sustainable global development because
Global changes including climate change are heavily affecting mountain regions, which exacerbates already existing challenges and increases the pressure on mountain people and resources. This enforces unsustainable land management practices and land abandonment, which in turn might i.a. imperil the provision of key mountain services.
SMD4GC essentially contributes to SMD under uncertain changes in climatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions, focusing on poverty and risk reduction.
SMD4GC’s beneficiaries are on the one hand decision makers at different levels, which will be enabled to design and implement relevant SMD policies. On the other hand, mountain stakeholders and communities will become capable to implement SMD related activities to increase their livelihood options and reduce poverty and their vulnerabilities to global change risks.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
Foreign academic and research organisation
International or foreign Non-Governmental Organization
Other International Organization
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
Multiple Local Partners
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 6'328'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 5'568'430|
Phase 1 01.11.2013 - 31.12.2018 (Completed)