What is the GMA?
The GMA is a not for profit association set up in 2009 with offices in Ethiopia, Peru and Switzerland. It acts as a platform for activities compatible with our philosophies, to facilitate consultancies for individual members, and for projects. The GMA retains an overhead for externally funded assignments through which to fund other actions.
We are a group of scientists and professionals concerned about the neglect to support sustainable use & well being of mountains, their people, their ecosystems, their cultures, their health, their diversity and their spirit. We are against promotion of evermore destructive, extractive use of mountain resources with few or negative benefits for mountain inhabitants, conducted without concern for to the environment, which we believe is detrimental ultimately also to national and international stability and security
We are concerned fundamentally with maintaining or restoring health and wellbeing to mountain regions of the earth and its people by promoting key areas of mountain action for which we have or can easily obtain needed expertise
We support the intent of Agenda 21 Chapters 13 and 14 on mountains and agriculture
· Promote and do activities that contribute to the wellbeing of mountain people, especially indigenous communities materially, culturally, and spiritually in Southern Switzerland, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America and Asia.
· Promote and support the wellbeing of communities in achieving long-term viability of agricultural production through a focus on combined health, food security, financial well-being as well as cultural and environmental integrity. We engage in actions that revalue mountain cultures, to support their knowledge of agriculture and build on them with the best current knowledge to produce clean, ecologically sound products, not displace them as is being currently promoted.
· Promote good stewardship of mountain environments to maintain long-term mountain functionality for the benefit of life in highlands and lowlands and improve positive externalities of mountain ecosystems. Support includes stewardship of genetic diversity, of agricultural structures, water and systems that enable high overall system efficiency and productivity whilst maintaining mountain and biological functionality without high dependency on based carbon based fuel.
· Promote cultural wealth and history of mountain people and their current dynamics. Within this context, we believe in engaging in the overwhelming migration phenomenon from rural mountain areas to urban centers, often in lowlands, and finding ways to optimize rural-urban linkages that enable sustainable mountain development.
· Promote and protect indigenous mountain history, culture and intellectual property through awareness raising and commercial activities where possible.
· Select KEY Themes Critical to well-being of mountain people and environments neglected by mainstream efforts of Governments, Organizations and Funding bodies for which we have expertize.
· Strive for close physical integration with mountain communities and their participation, but maintaining strong links with universities, national and international organizations, advocacy groups, commerce and governments.
· Provide options that give flexibility and new options to people and integrate age-old local knowledge with new options for improved livelihoods while managing mountain ecosystems.