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.




Ecosystem Restoration Playbook: A practical guide to healing the planet

Ecosystem Restoration Playbook: A practical guide to healing the planet

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People and the planet are only as healthy as the ecosystems we all depend on. Bringing degraded ecosystems back to life – for example by planting trees, cleaning up riverbanks or simply giving nature space to recover – increases their benefits to society and biodiversity. Without reviving ecosystems, we cannot...

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The Little Earth hosts youth climate leadership training in Tajikistan

The Little Earth hosts youth climate leadership training in Tajikistan

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Twenty young activists between the ages of 18 and 25 participated in the first ever School of Climate Leadership (SCL), held on 25-27 March 2021 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The School raised awareness about trends in climate change, national climate policies and climate activism, providing an opportunity to gain new knowledge...

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Red, the colour of prosperity for indigenous Ulikan rice farmers in the Philippines

Red, the colour of prosperity for indigenous Ulikan rice farmers in the Philippines

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It is 6.00 in the Pasil River Valley of Kalinga Province in the Philippine Cordillera. Lucious green mountains dotted with rice fields extend as far as the eye can see. Lita Caniw, 72, is headed to work at her six parcels of land in the Fummag Rice Terraces. Throughout her...

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Call for inputs: 2020 MPS Annual Report

Call for inputs: 2020 MPS Annual Report

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The February 2021 issue of Peak to Peak opens with a call for Mountain Partnership members to submit inputs for the Secretariat's 2020 Annual Report. This month, the 'Members' Voices' section features Farmer Tantoh of the Save Your Future Association in Cameroon. Top news stories from January focus on governments in...

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 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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