2002: International Year of Mountains


November 2002 - January 2003

IYM2002.jpg2002 was the International Year of Mountains (IYM). The aim of the IYM was to ensure the well-being of mountain and lowland communities by promoting the conservation and sustainable development of mountain communities.

In Scotland the IYM project was hosted by the Centre for Mountain Studies which co-ordinated a wide range of mountain related events throughout the year, funded primarily through a grant from Scottish Natural Heritage, with further support from the Cairngorms Partnership and a number of environmental and recreational non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Full details on IYM activities in Scotland and the rest of the UK can be found at our International Year of the Mountains in Scotland website.

The CMS was involved in organising three meetings:

Summit to Sea: The Values of Scotland's Mountains and Water in the 21st Century. 20-21 January 2003


This event brought together a wide range of parties with an interest in management issues relating to Scotland's mountain areas and freshwaters at Battleby, Perthshire, with three key objectives:

  • To provide a snapshot of the current state of our upland waters
  • To identify pressures and trends
  • To establish future directions

The conference summary is available for download below (written by Lindsay MacMillan), or alternatively you can download the full summary of presentations and workshops.

Sustainable futures for the British uplands, 20 November 2002

The need for 'joined-up action' in the British uplands is becoming increasingly evident.

This conference, organised by the Royal Geographical Society (Institute of British Geographers) on 20 November 2002, was aimed at renewing and strengthening networks by revealing common challenges and sharing experiences.

Presentations, using examples from a range of upland areas, emphasised linkages between sectors and set immediate priorities.

A summary statement, published by the RGS is available below.


Nature and people: conservation and management in the mountains of northern Europe, 7-9 November 2002.

This international conference, organised by SNH and the CMS, took place in Pitlochry, Scotland, on 7-9 November 2002.

Nearly 300 people from 15 countries attended. The proceedings, with 38 chapters by 80 contributors, were published in 2005.


Related documents

Summit to sea
Full summary of presentations and workshops