Water


Each day, one of every two people on the planet quenches his thirst with water that originates in mountains.
 And as the world population swells to an estimated 9.6 billion by 2050, the worldwide demand for freshwater will continue to soar.

Mountains provide between 60 and 80 percent of the world’s freshwater, essential for domestic consumption, irrigation, industry, food and energy production. The ten largest rivers originating in the Hindu Kush Himalayas alone supply water to over 1.35 billion people. Some of the world’s largest cities, including New York, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Tokyo and Melbourne, are dependent on freshwater from mountains.

Climate change is already causing more than 600 glaciers to disappear, resulting in springs and rivers drying up. Greater frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods, including flash floods and glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), are also expected to increase in mountains, causing imbalance between current water supply and demand.

Given the importance of mountain water resources worldwide, the careful management of mountain water resources is a global priority.  Water management practices need to be adapted to different climatic zones, using locally adapted soil and water management techniques. Most importantly, watershed management must take into account the needs of all those who depend on mountain water, including those who have the greatest stake in preserving healthy mountain ecosystems – people who live in mountain areas themselves, who are often marginalized from the decision-making processes. 

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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Mountains, one year after the Paris Agreement

Mountains, one year after the Paris Agreement

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One year ago, on 22 April (Earth Day) 2016, 175 of the 197 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, an international treaty to address climate change. As of today, one year after...

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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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Ecosystem services of headwater catchments

Ecosystem services of headwater catchments

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The European Forestry Commission Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have published Ecosystem Services in Headwater Catchments. The book aims to improve the understanding of mountain ecosystem services in a changing world and to promote...

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Call for journalists for 2017 We are Alps tour

Call for journalists for 2017 We are Alps tour

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The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention invites interested journalists on a crossing of the Alps in early summer, with the aim of raising awareness about the challenges and opportunities of the region and about the Alpine Convention as a toolbox for the balanced development of a territory...

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Call for applications for IPROMO 2017

Call for applications for IPROMO 2017

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Issue 103 – Month 4 – Year 2017

The April issue of Peak to Peak announces the call for applications for the 2017 IPROMO course, to focus on environmental and economic issues to enhance mountain sustainability. The newsletter continues with news of Mountain Partnership member Farmer Cooperative Alysh Dan...

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