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Representing Mountains : From Local and National to Global Common Good

Published inGeopolitics, vol. 13, no. 1, p. 148-168
Publication date2008

Since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, mountains have acquired global recognition as a specific issue in the promotion of sustainable development policies. Starting from the traditional roles of mountains for local societies and in modern geopolitics, this paper analyses the status that mountains have been acquiring though globalisation, and the modes of global mobilisation and recognition that have taken shape since 1992. Particular attention is given to the role of scientists, international organisations, some mountainous States, and “mountain people”. The specific characteristics of this process are discussed and compared to those pertinent to other goods, especially ‘geographical' or ‘ecological' goods such as tropical forests and Antarctica. Though the globalisation of mountain issues is part of a wider process of the recognition of environmental and cultural goods at a global level, it may be seen as the first example of a new category of global common good: “global common regions” or “glocal common good”.

  • Mountain
  • Geographical
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DEBARBIEUX, Bernard, PRICE, Martin. Representing Mountains : From Local and National to Global Common Good. In: Geopolitics, 2008, vol. 13, n° 1, p. 148–168.
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ISSN of the journal1465-0045

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