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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will open the Second-Order Draft of the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) government and expert review next week, which includes a dedicated Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains. The review runs from 4 December to midnight Central European Time on 29 January 2021. Registration for experts opened on 27 November and will be possible until midnight CET on 22 January. Registration details are here.

The UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has decided to relaunch the World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves to involve all actors working in mountain biosphere reserves, including a collaboration with the MRI to support the needs of this network in the short-medium to long-term. Parties interested in participating in this network are invited to complete a short survey to support the effective development of the network's structure. 

UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. It combines the natural and social sciences with a view to improving human livelihoods and safeguarding natural and managed ecosystems, thus promoting innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable.

In the second in a series of videos produced as part of the Global Change in Mountain Ecosystems (GloMEc) project, Prof. Dirk S. Schmeller, Axa Chair for Functional Mountain Ecology at ENSAT, discusses the intensified climate-change induced warming and weather extremes being seen in mountain regions. 

Mountains – A Fragile Source of Life is a new short video series that aims to delve into different aspects of mountains and why they are important for human society. In this second episode, Mountains – Sentinels of Change, Prof. Schmeller looks at the rapid changes in temperature and much higher variations in daily temperatures mountain regions are experiencing compared to lowland regions. What does this mean for the unique species living in these harsh yet fragile environments and indeed for all of us who rely on the ecosystem services these species support?

New research published in the journal Natural Hazards uses satellite images to create a comprehensive survey of glacial lakes for the entire Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in order to help assess the future risks posed by glacial lake outburst floods.

Researchers from the South Asia Institute and the Heidelberg Center for the Environment investigated the causes of a glacial lake outburst with subsequent flooding in the Ladakh region of India. In order to frame the case study in a larger picture, the research team led by geographer Prof. Dr Marcus Nüsser used satellite images to create a comprehensive survey of glacial lakes for the entire Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reductions invites members of the DRR community to comment on the new 'Words into Action' guide on nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction.

IPBES will organize a workshop focused on “modelling Nature Futures scenarios” and based on the Nature Futures Framework, planned for 12-15 January 2021. The Multidisciplinary Expert Panel invites Governments and other stakeholders to nominate experts to participate in this workshop by 16 November 2020. Interested experts wishing to be nominated by a Government are requested to fill out their application form by 9 November 2020

Are you working on climate change adaptation solutions for mountain environments? The Adaptation at Altitude programme would love to hear from you! Complete the Adaptation at Altitude programme survey in order to share your solutions with practitioners and policymakers and help increase resilience in mountain communities.

The Adaptation at Altitude programme has launched a survey to collect climate change adaptation (CCA) solutions for mountain environments. Survey responses will be used to produce a database that can be used by practitioners, decision-makers, policymakers, and any interested parties. The aim of the database is to increase visibility, impact, and acknowledge the innovative work being done in mountain regions.

A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma.

The dramatic effect rainfall has on the evolution of mountainous landscapes is widely debated among geologists, but new research led by the University of Bristol and published 16 October in Science Advances, clearly calculates its impact, furthering our understanding of how peaks and valleys have developed over millions of years.

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