UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres calls on mountain countries to take bold action on climate change mitigation and adaption

Mountains and climate change


Human activities are profoundly affecting the world’s climate, and mountains are a sensitive indicator of that effect.
Because of their altitude, slope and orientation to the sun, mountain ecosystems are easily disrupted by variations in climate. Many scientists believe that the changes occurring in mountain ecosystems may provide an early glimpse of what could come to pass in lowland environments.

As the world heats up, mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, while rare plants and animals struggle to survive over ever diminishing areas, and mountain peoples, already among the world’s poorest citizens, face even greater hardships.

Changes in the volume of mountain glaciers and in their seasonal melting patterns have an impact on water resources in many parts of the world. Changes in water availability due to climate change are taking place at a time when pressure on water resources for irrigation and food production, industrialization and urbanization is increasing.

Understanding how climate change affects mountains is vital as governments and international organizations develop strategies to reverse current global warming trends, elaborating treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In addition, local community empowerment can be an essential step towards building climate change resilience in mountains.




International Mountain Conference

International Mountain Conference

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Evaluating the responses of mountains to climate change and mountains’ resilience as social-ecological systems requires the consideration of multiple and mutually interacting stressors. The International Mountain Conference 2019 aims to encourage in-depth cross-disciplinary discussions towards a new understanding of mountain systems, their responses and resiliencies.

The International Mountain Conference 2019 will...

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2018 Annual Report now available online

2018 Annual Report now available online

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Issue 130 - Month 9 - Year 2019

The September 2019 issue of Peak to Peak begins with the release of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2018. Continuing with the new Members' Voices section, Ruel Inojaldo Perez from the Baslay Farmers Association (BFA) explains his journey to becoming the Chairman of...

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Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2018

Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report 2018

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report outlines key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development last year in its 2018 annual report. The publication documents the Secretariat’s work in the areas of advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives. This publication...

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IPROMO 2019 Summer School

IPROMO 2019 Summer School

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Issue 129 - Month 8 - Year 2019

The August 2019 issue of Peak to Peak begins with a recap of this year's IPROMO Summer School. Continuing the new Members' Voices section, Alberto Pascual of Fundación CoMunidad explains the organization's work for mountains. The newsletter continues with mountain-related news, upcoming events like...

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Apply for Grow Summer School, "Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate".

Apply for Grow Summer School, "Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate".

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Issue 126 – Month 5 – Year 2019

The May 2019 issue of Peak to Peak starts by discussing call for applications for Grow Summer School, "Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate". The newsletter continues with stories about promoting mountain products in India and the Philippines and local communities' engagement. 

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Agreement for the creation of the Network for Research on Mountain Environments of Latin America and the Caribbean

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Researchers and other professionals from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and Argentina
participating in the Mountains 2018 International Conference held in Nova Friburgo, agreed,
supporting the Charter of Nova Friburgo, to establish the Network for Research on Mountain
Environments of Latin America and the Caribbean. This network will...

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