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Strategic Initiative on Climate Change in Mountain Regions

Posted by Matthias Mugisha on December 1, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Magnitudes of people are affected directly and indirectly by changes in mountain environments, not just in high altitude villages (the so-called highlands) but also in cities and populations (lowlands) dependent on the wealth of goods and services that mountains provide. In this context, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat has organized three regional meetings in Latin America (Chile), Central Asia (Tajikistan) and Africa (Uganda) with support of the World Bank Development Grant OLMAN SERRANOFacility. Held in the framework of the “Strategic initiative for Climate Change impacts, adaptation and development in mountain regions”, each regional meeting has brought together government delegates, journalists, policy makers, scientists and climate change experts. This issue of “Peak to Peak” shows how, together, participants in each meeting have strengthened their knowledge of climate change impacts in mountain areas, not only through presentations and discussions but also as a result of visiting field project sites. While participants in the meeting in Santiago and Dushanbe have also come up with recommendations and concrete actions in response to the challenges posed by climate change, the meeting in Uganda has set in motion the development of an enhanced mountain agenda for Africa. This result has been attained working together with our partners, namely the Government of Chile (Latin America), the University of Central Asia (Central Asia) and the United Nations Environment Programme (Africa). Together, we ensure that mountains continue to stand tall, taller than climate change.

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Categories: Climate change and Mountain Regions

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