UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is organizing a Synthesis Science-Policy Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Major Mountainous Regions of the World, building on the outcomes of 3 regional workshops organized in 2013.
The workshop will discuss a global overview paper and policy brief, and aims at enhancing dialogue and promoting further research and outreach activities on climate change impacts in mountain regions.
In the framework of UNESCO’s Climate Change Platform Project ‘Climate Change Impacts in Major Mountainous Regions of the World’, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), in cooperation with the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD ) and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at the FAO, has organized three regional workshops to gather inputs from Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal, March 2013), Latin America (San Jose, Costa Rica, August 2013) and Africa (Nairobi, Kenya, September 2013).
Building on the outcomes of the regional workshops, UNESCO-IHP is organizing a Synthesis Science-Policy Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Major Mountainous Regions of the World.
The workshop will gather policy-makers, experts and stakeholders to review the recommendations from the regional workshops and discuss the topics of climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, risk management and policy directives for climate-resilient development in mountain areas. A global overview paper and policy brief will be discussed during the workshop.
The outcomes of the workshop will be brought to the attention of governments and UN agencies, and will feed into the processes of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Furthermore, the outcomes will contribute to other processes such as the World Mountain Forum and UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru in 2014.
Finally, the workshop will also provide input for the implementation of the Eighth phase of IHP (IHP-VIII): ‘Water Security: Responses to local, regional, and global challenges’, 2014-2021.