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.

Women move mountains: High-level events to mark International Mountain Day

Women move mountains: High-level events to mark International Mountain Day

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The December 2022 issue of Peak to Peak announces the upcoming high-level events planned for International Mountain Day (IMD) 2022. Top news stories highlight mountains on agendas in international discussions, recapping mountain-related side events at UNFCCC COP27 and introducing the approval of a new resolution on sustainable mountain development at...

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Mountain Observations: Monitoring, Data, and Information for Science, Policy, and Society - policy brief

Mountain Observations: Monitoring, Data, and Information for Science, Policy, and Society - policy brief

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Observations play a key role in tracking mountain global change and its impacts, understanding the various processes and feedback mechanisms involved, and delivering more reliable projections of the future to society. This policy brief provides an overview of the current state of multi-disciplinary mountain observations. It represents a contribution of the...

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COP15 should protect mountain landscapes, says new IIED publication

COP15 should protect mountain landscapes, says new IIED publication

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The new global biodiversity framework (GBF) due to be agreed at negotiations known as COP15 in Montreal in December, and aimed at halting and reversing the loss of nature, needs to protect biodiversity-rich mountain landscapes and the Indigenous People and local communities that govern them, according to a new...

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Women move mountains: High-level events to mark International Mountain Day

Women move mountains: High-level events to mark International Mountain Day

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International leaders and mountain champions will discuss the key role women play in environmental protection and social and economic sustainable development in mountain areas, during high-level celebrations of International Mountain Day (IMD) 2022 on Friday, 9 December and Monday, 12 December 2022.

The focus of this year’s IMD, “Women move mountains”, highlights...

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Mountain resolution approved at the United Nations

Mountain resolution approved at the United Nations

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The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the United Nations General Assembly approved the new resolution on sustainable mountain development on 22 November 2022 during its seventy-seventh session. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by 110 States, discusses the social, environmental and economic statuses of mountain peoples and ecosystems and...

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Mountain Partnership at COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Mountain Partnership at COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

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A series of side events at COP27 provided an opportunity to discuss how to strengthen participation of mountain people in national and international policy processes and called for greater climate adaptation following scientific recommendations.

Mountain Partnership members from across the world called for an increased coordinated support...

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