Organic Agriculture in Mountain Ecosystems

Taking action on Rio +20, the Government of Bhutan, Navdanya, the Millennium Institute, and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements co-organized The International Conference on Organic & Ecological Agriculture in Mountain Ecosystems, from 5-8 March 2014, in the Taj Tashi in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Rich in biodiversity and home to nutritious crops, mountain ecosystems are threatened by deforestation, soil degradation and erosion, as well as the melting and receding of glaciers. Medicinal plants and nutritious crops from mountain eco-systems are of benefit to humanity worldwide. The latest indication from the IPCC clearly point towards an even greater impact from climate change, while the demand for food from a growing and more demanding population worsens the sustainability problem even further. Therefore, action is needed on fronts where both mitigation and above all adaptation actions can be implemented immediately.

This conference drew attention to the special needs of mountain ecosystems and highlighted how going organic can help tackle pressing problems such as climate change, water exploitation, and the displacement of farmers.

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