Adaptation at Altitude – Taking Action in the Mountains

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Source: ETH Library Zurich
Watch this short documentary in which the Adaptation at Altitude (A@A) team explains the global team's mission and motivation for addressing adaptation issues in the mountains.
Learn about Adaptation at Altitude’s mission and motivation in this short documentary.


Award-winning Swiss cinematographer Juliette Menthonnex accompanied the Adaptation at Altitude team to produce an authentic documentary explaining our global team’s mission and motivation for addressing adaptation issues in the mountains. Through insightful interviews with renowned experts like IPCC author Carolina Adler from the Mountain Research Initiative, the documentary highlights the urgent need to recognise the crucial role of mountains in our world. Featuring diverse voices from partner organisations such as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the documentary stresses the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing the escalating impacts of climate change on mountain ecosystems.

The documentary sheds light on the diverse challenges faced by mountain environments, including rapidly disappearing glaciers and unprecedented risks to communities. It underscores the necessity for informed decision-making and integrated policy action to enhance mountain communities’ resilience to climate change. Adaptation at Altitude aims to bridge the gap between science and policy-making, offering hope through collaborative endeavours. As the documentary emphasises, mountains, home to a significant portion of the global population and freshwater sources for billions, require increased attention and united action from all stakeholders.

*This film was produced by Zoï Environment Network, in collaboration with Juliette Menthonnex (director), Nikita Merlini (cinematography and editing), Théodora Menthonnex (sound), and Rodrigo Muñoz (project development and graphic design) from the collectif Mercuriales, Lausanne (

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SUGGESTED CITATION:  Adaptation at Altitude (2023). Adaptation at Altitude – Taking Action in the Mountains. Accessible at:

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