Regional Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains


Over 60 policymakers, scientists, academics, and practitioners from 10 countries gathered in Kathmandu from 13 to 15 March to discuss strategies for Asian mountains under climate at the ‘Regional Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains’. The workshop, which was jointly organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ICIMOD, served as an important follow up to Rio+20. Participants discussed scientific data gaps (biophysical and socioeconomic) and the need for vulnerability assessments, climate change education, and extension and communication. The following strategies were proposed:

  • Coordinate research for better understanding of climate and hydrological processes, the impact of such process on mountain biodiversity and ecosystem services, and associated socioeconomic linkages.
  • Unlock the potential of payment for ecosystem services and encourage governments to ensure the equitable sharing of benefits of mountain goods and services to improve the well being of marginalized mountain communities.
  • Develop a standardized framework for assessing vulnerability to climate change impacts.
  • Enhance the capacity of teachers, media professionals, and extension specialists to understand and communicate climate change issues.