About Us

We are dynamic, dedicative, energetic, enthusiastic and laborious young people (aged 16-29 years) who are solely concerned about the future, coming generations and sustainability of Planet Earth.

Since April 2011, we have been mobilizing Asia Pacific Youth focusing on different Issues on The Himalayas (Mountains, The Water Tower), Inputs on Zero Draft and Status of Nepal in Rio+20. We have also drafted Asia Pacific Youth Position Paper towards Rio+20 and Asia Pacific Youth Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development which are also published in the website of UNCSD. We have been raising our voice for "MOUNTAINS" extending our network from Asia Pacific Region at global level.


Regional Sharing Workshop on Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region for Rio +20

-By Shreejana Bhattarai
The workshop held from 23rd to 25th August, 2011 in ICIMOD headquarters, Kathmandu. There were more than 40 participants from 10 countries from Hindu Kush Himalaya and Asia-Pacific region. The participants were from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Nepal. The participants were representing primarily governments, I/NGO sector, and multilateral organisations.

As the name suggests, the workshop was on sharing of achievements, opportunities and challenges on sustainable mountain development. During the program, various case studies from different countries were presented and other participants gave comments and share their own experiences on the related matters.

The participants have presented various case studies from different parts of different countries from Hindu Kush Himalayas and Asia Pacific region. Honey production in the forest, watershed management, conservation area project , forest management, mountain biodiversity and livelihoods, organic agriculture, natural resource management etc were the topics of case studies that were presented on the first day. The presenters gave the overview of the project, their relevance to sustainable mountain development, challenges and opportunities of the project. Likewise, transboundary ecotourism, biogas program, community forestry, renewable energy development, etc were the case studies presented on the second day. There was also presented the reflections from e-discussions from HKH, South East Asia and South & Central Asia (youth perspective) on Rio+20. The participants were divided into three working groups to discuss on developing key messages and policy recommendations.

The outcomes were compiled to develop regional assessment report on the challenges and opportunities for Rio+20 in the HKH as well as the Asia Pacific Region. The report was presented at a global conference on sustainable mountain development in Lucerne, Switzerland in October 2011. The Lucerne conference is expected to prepare a global report on the same theme to feed into the preparatory process for the Rio+20 conferences to be held by the United Nations in June 2012.

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