Ansgar Fellendorf

Climate change and mountain governance expert

As part of the mountain team of the UNEP Vienna Programme Office I work in the area of mountain governance, climate change adaptation and sustainable mountain development. Primarily, responsibilities include the implementation of the SDC-funded programme Adaptation at Altitude: Taking Action in Mountains that aims to strengthen and mainstream climate change adaptation in mountain regions. In particular, I focus on fostering regional mountain governance in the South Caucasus and East Africa region, promoting adaptation solutions and regional policy processes.

Other responsibilities include project development, and supporting events and activities around sustainable mountain development.

Previously, I worked in natural hazard management, disaster risk reduction, ecosystem services and climate change adaptation in the Alps at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism. I graduated with a MSc degree in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Diplomatic Academy and University of Technology Vienna. For my thesis, I researched the effectiveness and potential of voluntary carbon offsets for sustainable development and climate change mitigation in Nepal.

Illustration by Elise Gunstvedt and Hasan Abbas, GRID-Arendal

Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from East Africa

The Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from East Africa booklet showcases adaptation solutions proven to be successful in response to specific issues caused or accelerated by climate change that negatively affect mountain communities’ livelihoods and ecosystems. The publication includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda.

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Illustration by Elise Gunstvedt and Hasan Abbas, GRID-Arendal

Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from the South Caucasus

The Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from the South Caucasus booklet showcases adaptation solutions proven to be successful in response to specific issues caused, or accelerated by, climate change that negatively affect mountain communities’ livelihoods and ecosystems. The publication covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

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working session_Climate change and Mountains in East Africa The Adaptation at Altitude programme

East Africa Mountains Regional Dialogue Meeting

The event brought together 31 participants including representatives from the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, the members of the Climate Change Technical Working Group (CCTWG) from the partner states and other key stakeholders from East Africa, and suggested establishing an East Africa Mountains Stakeholder Platform under the EAC.

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Taking Action Together for Resilient Mountain Communities in the South Caucasus

The regional session featured exchange on adaptation solutions, discussions of national and local adaptation plans and consultation on opportunities of regional dialogue and collaborative action.

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Upscaling adaptation solutions for vulnerable mountain regions through international cooperation

(Video) Following a teaser showcase of the “Last Glaciers” documentary and inspirational talk by the documentary's director, this event featured a series of talks and panel discussion exploring what is being done to support and upscale adaptation in mountainous regions internationally.

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Regional Dialogues on Comprehensive High Mountain Management: Session 2

Join us on October (10/21) to hear and talk about key Andean and global experiences on the importance of establishing balanced governance strategies for an integrated management of high mountain ecosystems.

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