ICIMOD: Madhav Karki, Ramon Razal & Binod Bhattarai
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Sustainable Mountain Development RIO 2012 and beyond
Draft version March 2012
Mountains of the Southeast Asia and Pacific (SEAP) region spread across mainland Asia and the island/archipelagic states in the Pacific Ocean. These countries host one of the world’s highest and most severely threatened biodiversity and gene pools. Many of the region’s indigenous peoples who live in the highlands have developed home-grown and time-tested knowledge and skills in protecting and conserving tropical mountain ecosystems.