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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.

As part of the UNFCCC COP26 Cryosphere Pavilion, Mountain Research Initiative Executive Director Dr. Carolina Adler was invited to participate in a discussion of 'Snow and Ice in Climate Change' organized by the Government of Tajikistan, the WMO, and UNESCO.

On 1 November, 'Tajikistan: Snow and Ice in Climate Change' was held as part of the Cryosphere Pavilion at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

As Sulton Rakhimzoda, Special Envoy for the President of Tajikistan on Water and Climate, highlighted in his opening address, ice and snow hold 70 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. However, climate change is accelerating the melting of the cryosphere worldwide, altering hydrological systems and changing the risk landscape. How can mountain nations create resilience against the worsening impacts of disasters and rapidly changing water availability?

The General Assembly 2022 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be held at the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna, Austria, from 3–8 April 2022. This event includes a number of exciting, mountain-related sessions, including several convened by representatives of the MRI. Abstract submission closes 12 January 2022.

The EGU General Assembly 2022 brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

The fifth event in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series took place yesterday, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

A new article published in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) news magazine Eos describes research efforts using traditional and innovative survey methods to study glacier retreat and dynamics in the Andes. This article resulted from an MRI-funded Synthesis Workshop.

The second Conéctate A+ academic exchange webinar took place today, helping students and researchers in Switzerland discover study and research opportunities in Latin America.

The MRI Expert Database has served as a useful tool for connection and collaboration for the mountain research community for many years. It comprises thousands of profiles of people involved in mountain research, management, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and the private sector.

The new MRI Expert Database builds on the strong foundations that were already in place, while offering updated features such as improved search functionality and data privacy.

The Mountain Research Initiative are delighted to welcome Dr. Theresa Tribaldos, who joins the team as a Principal Investigator in order to help guide the MRI's strategic direction.

A very warm welcome to Dr. Theresa Tribaldos, who joins the Mountain Research Initiative team as of 1 September 2021. Dr. Tribaldos will be serving as an MRI Principal Investigator; a group of established academics based in Switzerland who help guide the MRI's strategic direction. We are delighted to have her with us, and very much look forward to her input as we enter the MRI Coordination Office's 21st year. 

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