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.




6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas

6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas

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National Parks Austria and Hohe Tauern National Park will host the 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria. Researchers and protected areas managers, as well as individuals from government, business, non-governmental organizations and the public who are interested in...

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8th International Meeting of Rural Andean Peoples

8th International Meeting of Rural Andean Peoples

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The eighth International Meeting of Rural Andean Peoples will be held in San Pedro De Atacama, Chile on 12-15 October 2017. Organized by the village of Lickanantay, Red de Agroindustria Rural del Perú (REDAR Perú), the Programme for the Development of Rural Agricultural Production of the Peruvian Ministry...

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Mountain Business Summit

Mountain Business Summit

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Taking place in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains, the Mountain Business Summit is an international trade show that will assemble key players contributing to the economic development of the mountain industry. For three days, professionals will share and promote their expertise with local and international investors and decision-makers. The...

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11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation

11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation

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Community-based adaptation to climate change (CBA) focuses on empowering communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action on climate change. The 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11) will provide an opportunity to review the latest developments in CBA practice, policy and theory with participants from...

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CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival

CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival

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Since its inception in 1998, the “CinemAmbiente” Environmental Film Festival has presented some of the best in environmental films. The festival seeks to address the myriad issues related to the environment, including pollution, consumerism, food, waste production and management, genetically modified organisms (GMO), sustainable development and climate change, with a...

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Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains

Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains

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Approximately 915 million people live in mountain regions worldwide, and many of those mountain peoples are vulnerable and exposed to multiple natural hazards. Safe living space in mountains is limited and often close to hazard zones. Meanwhile, the frequency and magnitude of disasters is increasing, with contributing factors including population...

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