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Mountains and Climate Change From Understanding to Action

Mountains and

Climate Change

From Understanding to Action

© 2012

3rd edition

First edition 2009

Second edition 2010



Published by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography,

University of Bern, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Copyright: Geographica Bernensia and SDC 2010

Editors: Thomas Kohler (CDE), Daniel Maselli (SDC)

Concept: Daniel Maselli (SDC), Thomas Kohler (CDE)

Design and Layout: Simone Kummer (CDE)

Proofreading: Theodore Wachs (CDE)

Cartography / Statistics: Ursula Gaemperli Krauer, Jürg Krauer, Sylvia Loercher (CDE)

Alex Hermann (Institute of Geography, University of Bern)


Citation:

Kohler T. and Maselli D. (eds) 2009. Mountains and Climate Change - From Understanding to Action.

Published by Geographica Bernensia with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and

Cooperation (SDC), and an international team of contributors. Bern.

This publication is available from:

Mountain Partnership Secretariat – FAO

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

00153 Rome - Italy

www.mountainpartnership.org

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland

www.deza.admin.ch

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

University of Bern

CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland

www.cde.unibe.ch

Cover photo: Daniel Maselli

ISBN: 978-3-905835-16-8


Contents

Foreword 3

1 Climate Change in Mountains 5

2 Mountain Waters 11

Key Issues, and Case Studies from the European Alps,

Andes, and Rocky Mountains

3 Mountain Glaciers 21

Key Issues, and Case Studies from Peru, New Zealand,

the European Alps, and the Hindu Kush-Himalaya

4 Mountain Hazards 31

Key Issues, and Case Studies from Kyrgyzstan, Iceland,

Switzerland, and Peru

5 Mountain Biodiversity 41

Key Issues, and Case Studies from

the Hindu Kush-Himalaya, and Mount Kilimanjaro

6 Food Security in Mountains 49

Key Issues, and Case Studies from Peru, Nepal,

India and Morocco

7 Migration and Mountains 59

Key Issues, and Case Study from Central Asia

Mountains and Climate Change: 67

A Global Concern

References 72

Authors and Reviewers Inside Back Cover



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