Taking place as part of COP26 on 8 November, the focus of this session was on the impacts and risks of climate change in the cryosphere in Latin America, Central Asia, and the Andes, and how communities in our changing mountains can adapt.

Climate change threatens the vast high latitude and high altitude cold regions of the world that provide freshwater to over half of humanity. What impacts of climate change on the cryosphere have already been experienced in Latin America, Central Asia, and the Andes? What risks will these regions be exposed to? This event, jointly hosted by the COP26 Cryosphere Pavilion and the COP26 Geneva Cryosphere Hub , addressed these questions. The panelists also explored adaptation solutions and experiences, especially in mountain areas, with a focus on developing countries.

MRI Chair Jörg Balsiger, MRI Principal Investigator Christian Huggel, and MRI Executive Director Carolina Adler were among those who contributed to this event.


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A Fragile Future: Can Mountain Communities Adapt to Climate Change? A COP26 event jointly hosted by the COP26 Cryosphere Pavilion and the COP26 Geneva Cryosphere Hub on 8 November 2021. 

Speakers: Prof. Jörg Balsiger
(University of Geneva, Chair Mountain Research Initiative); Prof. Christian Huggel (University of Zürich, Principal Investigator Mountain Research Initiative); Prof. Martin Hölzle (University of Fribourg); Prof. Markus Stoffel (University of Geneva); Randy Muñoz, (University of Zurich); Dr. Carolina Adler (Mountain Research Initiative); Elena Manaenkova (Deputy Secretary-General, WMO); Dr. Radha Wagle (UNFCCC Focal Point, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment, Nepal); Ms. Nino Tkhilava (UNFCCC Focal Point, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Georgia); Janine Kuriger (Head, Global Programme Climate Change and Environment, SDC); Marlene Kronenberg (Glaciologist, University of Fribourg, Founder of Adventure of Science: Women and Glaciers in Central Asia); Miguel Vera-Lugo (Biologist, Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina CONDESAN); Izabella Koziell (Deputy Director General, ICIMOD); with the participation of members of the Swiss delegation.


 Cover image by hazelucyxuan via Pixabay.

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