Our work features as a Case Study in UNEP, GRID-Arendal and ISWA report
February 10, 2017
High Altitude Sustainability Pakistan's "Sustain Baltoro" initiative was recently featured as a case study in the Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions developed by UNEP, GRID-Arendal and ISWA. The outlook highlights both the challenges and the solutions for good waste management in mountain region.
The report finds that "Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and downstream. Ensuring the continued supply of these services has never been more important. However, many mountain regions are experiencing a growing solid waste problem, from ever-expanding urban sprawls and cities, increasing consumption patterns, existing and past mining operations, tourism activities and practices of illegal dumping. The good news is that there are many options available to prevent and manage waste in mountain environments, in ways that protect mountain ecosystems and people, and prevent problems from migrating downstream".
"The take-home message is that the inadequate treatment or disposal of waste in mountains not only creates risks for ecosystems and human health in mountain regions, but also for downstream areas. It is truly an issue of global concern".