Exhibition "Climate change impacts on mountain regions of the world"
The following exhibition, developed by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) and with the generous support of the Government of Flanders (Belgium), features satellite images of different mountain regions worldwide, many of which are UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage sites. It highlights the critical functions of mountains, and the implications of climate change for mountain ecosystems, water resources and livelihoods.
This exhibition is a contribution to the International Year of Water Cooperation (2013) and was done with the following partners: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), The European Space Agency (ESA), The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Planet Action.
Mountains and their adjacent valleys occupy 24% of the Earth’s surface, and are home to about 1.2 billion people. While some inhabitants depend on mountains resources for their daily livelihoods, about 40% of the population depends indirectly on these resources for water supply, agriculture, hydroelectricity and biodiversity.
Mountains are among the most sensitive ecosystems to climate change and are being affected at a faster rate than other terrestrial habitats. Climate change impacts are a major threat to the integrity of fragile mountain ecosystems and the services they provide, and to the large, often vulnerable populations that depend on them.