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. 

International Conference on Snow Hydrology “SnowHydro”

International Conference on Snow Hydrology “SnowHydro”

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The purpose of the SnowHydro conference is to present recent research findings in all areas of snow hydrology, to facilitate scientific discussions and to provide opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. The conference shall attract scientists, students and other professionals with different geographic origin and scientific background. The participation of early...

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Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), jointly with the Ministry of Population and Environment of Nepal and with support from the European Union, is hosting an international conference titled “Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia” on 3-6 December in Kathmandu,...

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International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts

International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts

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Evidence shows that Earth’s climate is rapidly changing and its impacts are affecting the whole planet. Nonetheless, the mechanisms and processes of such changes, as well as the planet´s future perspectives remain largely elusive. Several questions regarding the climate trends and variability need further debate.

For instance, how much of the...

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Building a framework for action – COP23

Building a framework for action – COP23

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Organized within the framework of the Mountain Partnership, the official side event “Implementing the 2030 Agenda & Paris Agreement in mountains: building a Framework for Action” was held on 14 November 2017 at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP23)....

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Call for input, sustainable development report

Call for input, sustainable development report

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An opportunity has arisen to propose an inclusion on mountains in the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2019, which has been mandated by the United Nations Member States and is being drafted by the Independent Group of Scientists and Experts (IGSE). The GSDR aims to strengthen the science-policy...

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International Symposium on Mountain Science 2017

International Symposium on Mountain Science 2017

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The Mountain Science Center at the University of Tsukuba, Japan will host the International Symposium on Mountain Sciences 2017 on 15 November. The theme of the conference will be “Mountain Science Frontiers: Planning International and Interdisciplinary Studies”. Professors from universities around the world will present during the symposium on topics...

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