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.
Who we are:
“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 support the intent of Agenda 21 Chapters 13 and 14 on mountains and agriculture and post Rio+20 initiatives on mountains.
· 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.
1. 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.
2. Promote and support the wellbeing of communities in achieving long term viability of agricultural production focused on combining health, food security, financial wellbeing 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 promoted to this day.
3. 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 & productivity whilst maintaining mountain and biological functionality without high dependency on based carbon fuel.
4. Promote cultural wealth and history of mountain people and its 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.
5. Support mountain communities through advocacy in issues affecting the aims of the association.
Our Strategy to achieve this:
Our current action priorities are:
1. Understanding and use of fungi and herbs to promote human and environmental wellbeing, to provide options and flexibility to farmers, communities and decision-makers.
2. Migration: Understanding the dynamics particularly of highland-lowland, rural urban linkages, and supporting actions to strengthen long-term connections between migrants and their communities of origin.
3. Analysis to move toward a revitalized sustainable mountain agriculture . Eco-bio agriculture and climate change adaptation: Understanding & integration of traditional knowledge with appropriate new scientific , socio-economic and cultural insights that lead to wellbeing of people and environment.