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									                            United Nations Environment Programme
                            World Conservation Monitoring Centre
                                                                                Embargo 11am 23 October 2002

                                                 MEDIA LAUNCH

    FIRST MOUNTAIN WATCH REPORT & BRIEFING ON BISHKEK
                 GLOBAL MOUNTAIN SUMMIT

                                  11.00 Wednesday 23rd October 2002,
                       Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ

                LAUNCH 'MOUNTAIN WATCH' REPORT FROM UNEP-WCMC
                          The first global assessment of mountain ecosystems
One in two people in the world rely on water from the mountains - in some countries the entire population - yet the
future of this life giving resource has never been more uncertain.

Mountain Watch, a new report from United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
reveals that perceptions of mountains as ever-lasting and immutable are unfounded and they in fact support fragile
ecosystems that are vulnerable to impacts such as climate change, armed conflict, fire, seismic hazards and infrastructure
development.

Mountain Watch provides the first map-based overview of environmental change in the mountains and its implications for
sustainable development. A new analysis of global data is complemented with case studies drawn from around the world.
Illustrated throughout with photographs and maps.

Mountain Watch has been compiled by UNEP-WCMC and the UNEP Mountain Programme to provide input into the Bishkek
Global Mountain Summit (29th October- 1 November) which will be the culmination of the International Year of Mountains

Mountain Watch explores the complex relationships between upper and lower watersheds, mountain forests and alpine
grasslands, mountain people and lowland urban dwellers. This report pioneers 'Mountain Science' and is the first global
assessment of these valuable and vulnerable ecosystems.

Mountain gorillas in central East Africa, spectacled bears in the Andes and resplendent Quetzals in Central America are all
clinging to ever shrinking patches of cloud forest. Mountain Watch supports decision making for sustainable
development. (Case studies, maps and photographs available on request)

The report is produced by UNEP-WCMC and UNEP Mountain Programme in collaboration with the GEF, UNEP Regional
offices, UNEP GRID Centres.

For further information, and a press pass please contact

Rachel Holdsworth/Gayle Nicol, PR consultant UNEP-WCMC
Tel 01954 202789, mobile 07931 561956,
email rachel@holdsworth-associates.co.uk,
Holdsworth Associates, 42 Boxworth End Swavesey Cambridge CB4 5RA,
Tel 01954 202789 Fax 01954 232022

UNEP-WCMC: Will Rogowski, Head of Marketing, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre,
Cambridge CB3 0DL, United Kingdom,
tel: +44 (0)1223 277314 fax: +44 (0)1223 277136
email: info@unep-wcmc.org
website: http://www.unep-wcmc.org

Editors notes

The Bishkek Global Mountain Summit will be the final global event of the 2002 United Nations International Year of
Mountains. It will draw together the ideas and recommendations generated throughout the year, from all levels and
sectors of society.




                UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DL, UK                    1
                        Tel: +44 (0)1223 277314; Fax: +44 (0)1223 217136; www.unep-wcmc.org
                           United Nations Environment Programme
                           World Conservation Monitoring Centre

On the agenda are new international and regional agreements and co-operation. As well as topics like tourism, biological
and cultural diversity, and conflicts in mountain areas.

The 6-700 plus participants will include heads of state from the Central Asia region, as well as ministers and senior
government officials from around the world. Other attendees will include the Aga Khan, the executive heads and senior
directors from a number of UN organisations, and representatives of non-governmental organisations and indigenous
mountain communities.

The Summit is being organised by the Government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan with the assistance of the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other partner organisations, including FAO, the UN agency responsible for
the International Year of the Mountains.
The Summit will run from 29 October to 1 November 2002 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Representatives of the media are invited to attend. If possible, registration (via the web site) should be done by 21
October. Late registration might result in delays.
Please bring a letter of assignment from your editor and if you have one a valid press card.
Further information about travel, visas and hotels are on the web
site at http://www.globalmountainsummit.org/info.html

Media inquiries: Robert Bisset, UNEP press officer and conference spokesperson on
Tel: +331 44 37 76 13; Fax +331 44 37 14 74;
Mobile: +336 22 72 58 42,
E-mail: robert.bisset@unep.fr.
From October 25, c/o Hyatt Regency Bishkek,
Tel: +996 312 66 12 34,
Fax: +996 312 66 57 44.
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Holdsworth Associates
42 Boxworth End Swavesey Cambridge CB4 5RA
Tel 01954 202789 Fax 01954 232022




              UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DL, UK                    2
                      Tel: +44 (0)1223 277314; Fax: +44 (0)1223 217136; www.unep-wcmc.org

								
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