25.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Mitigating the impact of climate change on Asia’s mountains. UNESCO/ICIMOD workshop in March in Kathmandu

Threatened by climate change, Asia’s mountain regions face loss of rare and endangered species, modified water balances, and changing land use transforming socio-economic conditions and livelihoods of people. In order to contribute to the dialogue on how to deal with these developments in an interdisciplinary manner, UNESCO and ICIMOD jointly organize a regional workshop “Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains” from 13 to 15 March 2013 in Kathmandu.

The three-day workshop will bring together experts, policy makers, local stakeholders, and managers of Natural Heritage Properties from Asian countries, mainly from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

 

The event aims at identifying the need for capacity building programmes in the region, review current and future plans for adapting strategies, and discuss how to best implement strategies at the community level. The workshop will further help to develop policy directives for climate resilient development and ecosystem-based adaptation for mountain communities.

 

Mountain regions represent about one quarter of the Earth's terrestrial surface, and are home to approximately 25% of the global population. Mountains are crucial for life. They offer a wealth of ecosystem functions and services (freshwater, biodiversity, forest products, minerals, habitats for threatened species), and landscapes and cultures of exceptional value.

 

The event is organized within the framework of the UNESCO project on “Climate Change Impacts in Major Mountainous Regions of the World: Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe)”.

 

Contact:

 

Gopal Rawat, ICIMOD grawat@icimod.org

 

Tap Raj Pant, UNESCO tr.pant@unesco.org




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