The science-policy dialogue for climate change adaptation in mountain regions

Kohler, Thomas; Wehrli, André; Batjargal, Elbegzaya; Kanyamibwa, Sam; Daniel, Maselli; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (2016). The science-policy dialogue for climate change adaptation in mountain regions. In: Salzmann, Nadine; Huggel, Christian; Nussbaumer, Samuel U.; Ziervogel, Gina (eds.) Climate Change Adaptation - an Upstream-downstream Perspective (pp. 271-292). Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-319-40773-9_15

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Mountains are among the regions most affected by climate change and they provide some of the most visible evidence of this change such as melting glaciers. While climate change is a global process, adaptation must be based on local contexts, especially in mountain regions with their varied natural and socio-cultural setting and highly differentiated effects of climate change at short distance. The need for mountain-specific adaptation is also given against the background of the key ecosystem goods and services, which they provide to humankind such as freshwater, and which are likely to be affected by climate change. Adaptation has to take place under conditions of uncertainty, but there are options such as Payment for Environmental Services (PES) that allow action under these conditions. Moreover, acting under uncertainty is nothing new for mountain communities. Addressing the science-policy dialogue, we show how this dialogue has been institutionalised in both developed and developing countries, by presenting examples from Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan, and Uganda. We then argue that closing the data gap relating to mountain climates and existing adaptive action could strengthen the science-policy dialogue substantially. To conclude, we advocate the establishment of mountain climate change observatories and the inventorying of promising adaptive action; highlight the need for capacity development and exchange across governmental and non-governmental institutions including mountain communities; and propose a funding window for climate change adaption in mountains for countries in need.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Critical Sustainability Studies (CSS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Kohler, Thomas and Wiesmann, Urs Martin




Springer International Publishing


[405] Mountain Agenda
[646] Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change




Stephan Schmidt

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14 Nov 2016 10:21

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