Mountains: early warning systems for climate change

© ESA – JAXA. Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Two million people depend on water originating from the Huascarán National Park, and are vulnerable to the risks of water shortages and floods, including glacial lake outburst floods.

This exhibition aims to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change in mountains, and potential solutions, as well as disseminate scientific data to policy and decision makers, diplomats and the general public during the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). It will be displayed on the gates of UNESCO and on this website from 02 November to 23 December 2015.

Using satellite images, aerial and ground level photography, as well as descriptive texts, the exhibition will explain the diverse climate change impacts on mountain ecosystems, glaciers, water resources and ecosystem services. Case studies used to illustrate both impacts and adaptation solutions come mainly from UNESCO sites: Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage sites.

It is being organized by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of UNESCO. Many partners made this exhibition possible through their generous contributions, notably the Government of Flanders, Belgium, the Permanent Delegation of the French Republic to UNESCO, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Government of Austria, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management , GRID-Arendal and Wild Touch.

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