Editorial
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

World Environment Day message:
Saving the common land
Xie Zhenhua, Minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration of China, looks forward to hosting World Environment Day 2002 in the City of Shenzhen.

Aiming high
Askar Akaev, President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, hopes that recognition of mountains as a source of progress for civilization will lead to a rational development policy for mountain regions.

Mighty, but fragile
Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, outlines the importance of mountains and describes what the international community is doing to protect them.

Walking the talk
Børge Brende, Minister of the Environment, Norway, describes the importance of mountains for recreation and refreshment in his country, and the conflicts that can occur.

Regreening the slopes
Myung Ja Kim, Minister of the Environment, Republic of Korea, describes how her country has reafforested one third of its mountains as a step towards global sustainability.

For the people
Fran P. Mainella, Director, US National Park Service, describes how the United States manages its ‘purple mountain majesties’ for ecotourism, ecological conservation and sustainable development.

High priorities
Mohamed T. El-Ashry, CEO and Chairman, GEF, describes initiatives to sustain mountain ecosystems, protect biodiversity and enable mountain communities to improve their quality of life.

Natural beauty
Dominique Conseil, President, Aveda, describes how his company has set out to provide a business model for environmental sustainability.

Prospects for WSSD:
Towards Johannesburg
Klaus Toepfer talks to Geoffrey Lean about the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Along a steep pathway
Jack D. Ives, Senior Adviser on Mountains, UNU, traces the history of concern about mountains and provides perspectives on their present and future

The height of trouble
Yolanda Kakabadse, President, IUCN, charts the decline of biological and cultural diversity in the mountains and calls for urgent action

Disneyland or diversity?
Wendy Brewer Lama, Ecotourism Planning Consultant and Nikhat Sattar, Programme Director, IUCN Asia, describe how serious impacts on mountain biological and cultural diversity by the world’s fastest growing industry is causing growing interest in ecotourism

Path to discovery
Catherine Nixon Cooke, President and CEO, the Mountain Institute, explores the spiritual importance of mountains, and describes successful bids to protect and restore sacred sites.

On top of the issue
Mark Collins, Director, UNEP-WCMC and Andrei latsenia, Mountain Programme Coordinator, UNEP Regional Office for Europe, describe UNEP’s work in the International Year of Mountains

Peak condition
Edmund Hillary, Chairman, Himalayan Trust

Swimming upstream
Maritta Koch-Weser, President of Earth 3000, says that the freshwater crisis must be tackled at source and outlines priorities for managing the ‘mountain commons’.

Cloudy future
Philip Bubb, an Adviser to the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, United Kingdom, charts the disappearance of the world’s vital cloud forests, and suggests ways of conserving them.


The quotations used in the articles on Mountains and Ecotourism are drawn from Mountain Voices, the Oral Testimony Programme of the Panos Institute. Full details of interviews with mountain people can be found at: www.mountainvoices.org