Global environmental change in mountain areas

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Mountain areas are particularly sensitive to climate change, as manifest in the melting of most of the world's glaciers, and the upwards movement of alpine plants.

copy_of_GlobalChange.jpgGlobal changes may affect a significant proportion of the world's population. The CMS prepared commissioned chapters on climate change and its impacts on alpine and montane ecosystems and presented these at the 5th World Parks Congress (Durban, South Africa, 2003) and the 3rd World Conservation Congress (Bangkok, Thailand, 2004).

The CMS was a member of the consortium for a Specific Support Action within the EU Sixth Framework Programme, 'Global Change in Mountain Regions: An Integrated Assessment of Causes and Consequences' (GLOCHAMORE).

The project ran from 2003 to 2005 and comprised a series of product-oriented scientific workshops and a major conference, with the aim of furthering understanding of the causes and impacts of Global Changes in mountain regions.

It integrated activities from both the natural and social science communities and contributes to the global Mountain Research Initiative, with which the CMS has been involved for some years.

The CMS and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India, jointly organised one of the four thematic workshops, on 'Sustainable land use and natural resource management in mountain regions', in Granada, Spain, in March 2005; and the CMS was the main organiser of the concluding Open Science Conference in Perth, in October 2005.

Related document: Building resistance to climate change (document submitted in Durban)