A Global Mountain Community for Climate Change Adaptation

Submitted by Rosie Witton | published 29th Nov 2022 | last updated 31st Jan 2023
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Mountain's feature some of the clearest indications of climate change: rising temperatures, melting glaciers and changing precipitation patterns are disrupting water flows and affecting ecosystems, creating and worsening natural hazards and threatening livelihoods and communities both within the mountains and downstream.

The Adaptation at Altitude programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), seeks to support mountain communities and those working with them by improving the knowledge of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies in the mountains, and transferring that knowledge through science–policy platforms to inform decision-making in national, regional and global policy processes.

One way we are doing this is through the development of an online Global Mountain Community (GMC). Based on the theory of a community of practice, the GMC aims to support and encourage communication and engagement between stakeholders working on climate change adaptation in mountains.

This article describes our approach to building this GMC, and we invite you to contribute and collaborate with us!

Outlook and next steps

In order to make the GMC useful to all stakeholders we would like your feedback. We invite you to complete the online survey to share your interests, needs and what you would like to see from these global community activities going forward. Your responses will inform how we design and develop our work in this focus area going forward. 

If you would like to input on creating the GMC, please fill out this short survey. 

If you would like to sign-up to the GMC for climate change adaptation in mountains, please sign up to the weADAPT climate change adaptation in mountains theme, where the global community will be hosted in the future.