Climate change adaptation in mountain areas: What role is there for parliamentarians?

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 9th Dec 2020 | last updated 5th Jan 2021
Climate change adaptation in mountain areas
Friday, 11 December, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:15 (Europe/Brussels)

About the Event

Co-hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Adaptation at Altitude programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

This event was hosted in English, with interpretation offered in French, Spanish, and Russian.

Mountain areas are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts, but do not receive adequate attention in international processes. During this webinar, international mountain experts and parliamentarians presented solutions and discussed potential ways forward to close these gaps.

Panelists discussed how countries can incorporate mountain resilience strategies in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate change, national Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies, or country plans for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to protect livelihoods, infrastructure, and natural resources.

This event aimed to:

-Increase awareness on the importance of mountain ecosystems
-Discuss the interlinkages between climate change adaptation strategies, DRR targets, and the SDGs
-Identify challenges and opportunities for parliamentarians to play a more active role in these areas
-Share “good practices” from parliaments and highlight their ability to implement their practices and their relevance to other political and social contexts


Carolina Adler, Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative
Grammenos Mastrojeni, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean
Nicolas Walder, MP, National Council of Switzerland
Sebastián Torrealba Alvarado, Chamber of Deputies, Chile

With keynote address delivered by Manfred Kaufman, Programme Manager, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

You can access the slides here and rewatch the webinar here: