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.




Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat

Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development last year in its 2017 annual report. “Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report”, the publication documents the Secretariat’s work in the areas of advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering...

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Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report

Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report outlines its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development last year in its 2017 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

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International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management

International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management

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The second International Conference on Natural Hazards and Disaster Management will be held under the theme “Significance of Early Warning Systems and Risk Management Strategies”. The two-day conference will consist of a scientific programme, comprehensive talks, special sessions, oral and poster presentations of peer-reviewed papers, and innovative research products from...

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Trekking in the mountains of Pakistan

Trekking in the mountains of Pakistan

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Three Italian mountaineering instructors (Emiliano Olivero, Tommaso Castorina, and Omar Scarpellini) will leave for Pakistan on August 28 2018. This trip will be led by Carlo Alberto Pinelli, honorary president of Mountain Partnership member Mountain Wilderness International and member of the prestigious Italian Academic Alpine Club.

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Collaborative efforts on mountains

Collaborative efforts on mountains

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The Utah Valley University (UVU) delegation discussed the collaborative efforts with the Mountain Partnership at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, July 19 2018 in New York, USA. As a Mountain Partnership member, Utah Valley University (UVU) and its Utah-Russia Institute in the USA promote educational,...

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Mountain conservation in Nepal

Mountain conservation in Nepal

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The role of conservation for Nepal’s prosperity both at the national and local level is addressed by the study “Conservation and prosperity in new federal Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges” by Shailendra Thakali, Brian Peniston, Govinda Basnet and Mahendra Shrestha. The study was conducted from February to April 2018 and commissioned...

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