Given that mountains regions of the world are facing huge impact of Climate Change, not much importance has been given to these regions and its people at major global forums including UN climate change conferences. It is evident that since last few decades the Himalayan mountain region faced major hydro meteorological disasters, leading to huge losses to human lives and ecosystem functions. The recognition that mountain are important and fragile ecosystems has yet to come and for this purpose country governments and regional agencies in Himalayan region need to come together to advocate the cause appropriately through more connected vocal leadership and strong networked actions. The mountain perspective has now become redundant that once provoked actions during Rio Earth Summit 1992 !
MP 30 Nov: The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and numerous Mountain Partnership members are organizing side events, photo exhibitions and other events to bring attention to mountains during the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France. The purpose is to highlight the challenges faced by mountain communities and to call for urgent action on climate change in these fragile mountain ecosystems during the two-week long COP, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which starts on 30 November 2015.
Two side events by MP are:
- Adapting to climate change and building resilient livelihoods in mountain regions
Organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Government of Tajikistan and Asociación Civil Oikos (OIKOS) 10 December at 13:15-14:45
- Celebrating International Mountain Day 2015: Adapting and building resilience to climate change in mountain communities Organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, The Mountain Institute, Government of Lesotho and Colorado State University 11 December at 13:15-14:45
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.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>