We are excited to officially announce the launch of the newly founded “Adaptation at Altitude: Taking Action in the Mountains” programme, in which MRI’s flagship activity GEO-GNOME will play an important role in identifying and improving mountain data access.

The effects of climate change on mountain areas are profound and are threatening the local communities that depend on them. These communities are often already vulnerable, many times confronting poverty and land degradation, and are especially sensitive to the negative impacts of climate change that now aggravate the burden of surviving in a rugged environment. 

While mountain communities have developed their own adaptation strategies, innovative approaches must be developed in parallel to these strategies so that both traditional and contemporary approaches are carried out in tandem. It is vital that this knowledge is then shared among the mountain communities and with policymakers so that adaptation matches the scale of the changes.

Through a variety of activities and events, the Adaptation at Altitude programme aims to develop and improve mountain observation data, monitoring, and the access to such data (and counts on GEO-GNOME’s support in this area); regional science-policy exchange; the generation and sharing of knowledge; and policy mainstreaming. 

Advancements in these critical spheres will lead to improved knowledge on climate change adaptation strategies, which can then be transferred and shared at  science-policy platforms and with decision-making at both local and global levels. 

The first phase runs from 2020 to 2023.

See the Official Adaptation at Altitude Website


This programme is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the Consorcio para el Desarollo Sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina (CONDESAN), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Geneva, and Zoï Environment Network.

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