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 Day photo contest, deadline for submissions 14 November

International Mountain Day photo contest, deadline for submissions 14 November

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The November 2020 issue of Peak to Peak announces the International Mountain Day photo contest on mountain biodiversity. This month's Members' Voices is a Mountain Partnership Products producer story about white honey and beekeeping in Kyrgyzstan. Peak to Peak November highlights four top news stories from the past month about...

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Third GROW Summer School ends, Innovation Contest winner announced

Third GROW Summer School ends, Innovation Contest winner announced

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The October 2020 issue of Peak to Peak highlights the closing of the third annual GROW Agrobiodiversity in a Changing Climate Summer School and the winner of the first ever innovation contest. This month's Members' Voices is a Mountain Partnership Products producer story about goldenberry jam in Peru. Peak to...

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Raising environmental awareness through art in the Andean Chocó

Raising environmental awareness through art in the Andean Chocó

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Can artistic expressions such as music help generate greater environmental awareness and add to ongoing scientific efforts? Can art motivate subjects to change their habits and thus provoke concrete actions towards adaptation to climate change? To explore these questions, in 2019, the Andean Forest Program, InConcerto and Radio COCOA undertook...

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Overcoming marketing barriers of COVID-19 Webinar

Overcoming marketing barriers of COVID-19 Webinar

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The September 2020 issue of Peak to Peak highlights the first virtual Mountain Partnership Product (MPP) initiative webinars, which were held in English and Spanish. This month's Members' Voices is a Mountain Partnership Products producer story about Arabica coffee in Panama. Peak to Peak September highlights four top news stories from the...

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Mountain Partnership Steering Committee 2020 MPS presentation - Workplan highlights

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Mountain Partnership Steering Committee 2020 MPS presentation - Workplan highlights

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Mountain Partnership Steering Committee 2020 MPS presentation

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Mountain Partnership Steering Committee 2020 MPS presentation

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