Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Climate change impacts in mountain regions

IUCN, UNEP and UNDP, supported by the German Government, are working together with the Governments of Peru, Uganda and Nepal through the EBA in Mountain Ecosystems Programme to help communities in mountain regions of these countries adapt to climate change impacts using ecosystem-based approaches. Mountain regions experience particular impacts of climate change, such as melting of glacial lakes causing temporary flooding and later droughts; or increased fatalities from land- and mudslides due to heavier rainfall. The programme aims to reduce the vulnerability of mountain communities by increasing their capacity to adapt, through the use of nature-based approaches.

The three mountain regions where pilots are being carried out:

  • Nor Yauyos Cochas in Peru, where water supplies for agriculture are threatened by changing rainfall patterns
  • Mt Elgon in Uganda, where communities farming on mountain slopes are vulnerable to landslides
  • Panchase in Nepal, where communities face winter droughts and summer landslides.

Find brochures about the three EbA Mountain projects under "Brochures"

For more information, please contact:
Musonda Mumba, Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) Flagship Programme Coordinator (UNEP)
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Caroline Petersen, Technical Specialist for Ecosystems and Biodiversity UNDP Environment Finance Group Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (UNDP)
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Ed Barrow, Head of the Ecosystem Management Programme (IUCN)
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