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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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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International Conference on Managing Mediterranean Mountain Geoheritage

International Conference on Managing Mediterranean Mountain Geoheritage

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Mediterranean mountains are sensitive environments showing a long history of human intervention resulting in complex land use and mosaics. Climate oscillations since the Tertiary Era, ranging from tropical and mild climates to cold climates during glacial periods, have left a remarkable imprint on many Mediterranean mountains. The annual variation of...

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Mountains and Sacred Landscapes

Mountains and Sacred Landscapes

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The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC), American University’s Center for Latin America and Latino Studies (CLALS) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) announce an international conference on the theme of mountains...

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Third Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference

Third Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Government of Georgia and Georgian Mountain Resorts Development Company will host the third Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia on 5-6 April 2017. Under the title “Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Mountain Tourism Development”, international experts will discuss current and future challenges, illustrate...

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A UN entity to insure mountains have a voice

A UN entity to insure mountains have a voice

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Issue 102 – Month 3 – Year 2017

The March issue of Peak to Peak opens with a news about two Mountain Partnership (MP) members presenting an oral statement on behalf of the MP during the 55th Commission for Social Development at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The...

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