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.




University of Milan launches mountain education manifesto at Expo 2020 Dubai

University of Milan launches mountain education manifesto at Expo 2020 Dubai

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The University of Milan’s UNIMONT Centre launched a youth-centred manifesto for the promotion of a sustainable and lively future in mountain areas globally at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto (MEIM) was created through an international consultation involving over 100 youth from 28 countries around the world....

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Winner of GROW Summer School agrobiodiversity innovation contest announced

Winner of GROW Summer School agrobiodiversity innovation contest announced

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The October 2021 issue of Peak to Peak announces the winner of the GROW Summer School agrobiodiversity innovation contest. Top news stories cover two mountain-related UNFCCC Pre-Cop26 side events and updates on mountains in the Expo 2020 Dubai programme. Peak to Peak continues with a look at upcoming events in...

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Spotlighting solutions for building resilience in mountains at High Summit COP26

Spotlighting solutions for building resilience in mountains at High Summit COP26

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Diversification of livelihoods, capacity development, investments and pro-mountain policies are needed to build the resilience of mountain peoples to shocks and global changes, Mountain Partnership Secretariat Programme Officer Rosalaura Romeo said at the High Summit COP26.

Romeo discussed the socioeconomic impacts of climate change in mountain regions during the panel session...

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Fourth annual GROW Summer School opens online

Fourth annual GROW Summer School opens online

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The fourth annual GROW Summer School “Agrobiodiversity in a changing climate” opens online today with 30 participants attending from 21 countries. The two-week course equips practitioners with the necessary tools, knowledge and understanding to enhance productivity and improve marketing strategies in sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.

The 2021 GROW course focuses...

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Philippine mountain producers engage in national Participatory Guarantee System

Philippine mountain producers engage in national Participatory Guarantee System

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The September 2021 issue of Peak to Peak highlights the Philippines' growing national recognition of Participatory Guarantee Systems as an option for small-scale farmers and fisherfolk to get organic certification, including Mountain Partnership Products producers. Top news stories cover the first ever Latin American edition of IPROMO, a new database...

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New database on climate change adaptation strategies for mountains

New database on climate change adaptation strategies for mountains

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The Adaptation at Altitude Solutions Portal is a new database that contains comprehensive, in-depth information about climate change adaptation strategies being devised and undertaken in mountain regions around the world.

The portal has been designed to meet the needs of decision-makers and practitioners looking for solutions to implement. Through the portal,...

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