The polar and high mountains are the planet’s barometers, telling us a great deal about the present
and future effects of climate change. In 2020, the work under this thematic area focuses on the issues
of climate change and its impacts on migratory species in mountain environments, and of waste, gender and climate change in the Himalayas. We will also be developing a state of environment
report for the Caucasus. Key external partners in this thematic area include UN Environment and
the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP).
The project Droughts in the Anthropocene will showcase and present selected case studies from around the world related to droughts and water
The ECOTIP project investigates ecosystem tipping points and their cascading effects in the Arctic, from melting ice to changing fisheries.
The project delivers products of Earth Observation data to understand and monitor changes to ecosystems.
HICAP is producing knowledge on how climate change affects natural resources, ecosystem services, and the communities that depend on them.
Marine litter is everywhere: it is abundant even in the remote Arctic. Moreover, the Arctic Ocean may act as a sink for debris drifting ...
A series of policy assessments for different global mountain regions is being produced by GRID-Arendal and UN Environment.
Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain...
Reindeer herders are facing lost pastures and land fragmentation caused by industrial development and other land-use changes.
Nunataryuk is a Horizon 2020 project which investigates the impact of permafrost thaw in Arctic coastal areas .
We are coordinating the development of a Rapid Response Assessment to assess critical research gaps related to Arctic coastal permafrost.
The Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) is an initiative developed and led by ICIMOD.
A Rapid Response Assessment to support the Global Peatlands Initiative.
Marine litter is everywhere and unfortunately, the Arctic Ocean is no exception.
The University of the Arctic is a cooperative network of more than 170 universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations.
Globally, around one million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction...
This brief, highlights how mountains are important areas for the world’s biodiversity
The Arctic region is being affected by multiple pressures and drivers of change both from within and outside the region...
This Report highlights common challenges to increase global cooperation around mountain adaptation.
Increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation and snow cover, together with pollution and dust, are accelerating the retreat of...
Highlights from the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), 2012–2017
GRID-Arendal produced a peer-reviewed rapid response assessment to support the Global Peatlands Initiative in its initial work.
Each country and region of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) faces pressing environmental and developmental challenges ...
The report focuses on the impacts of climate change on people, ecosystems and the economies of the Central Asian countries.
Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and...
Mountains directly contribute to the lives of much of the world’s population through the provision of freshwater or irrigation for...
An assessment of the effectiveness of existing adaptation policy measures and the extent to which they apply to the Tropical Andes.
A comprehensive, regional understanding of the changing climate and its impact on water resources in five major river basins in the region.
Changes in climate patterns are already evident in the South Caucasus countries – Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
The Western Balkans is a mountainous region and a hotspot of climate change. Over the past decades, warming has accelerated, and ...
The UNEP Year eBook 2014 update: Rapid Change in the Arctic presents the latest scientific knowledge and trends emerging from the Arctic...
This brief highlights the importance of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in mountain regions and the need to integrate them into the SDGs
This brief highlights the importance of integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DDR) in mountain regions into ...
This brief highlights the importance of mountain regions for energy-related issues and the need to integrate them into the SDGs
This report compares the needs of Arctic stakeholders can make to meet current and future requirements.
Mongolia’s reindeer herders and their taiga homeland are today facing unprecedented challenges.
Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent...
Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation. Climate change is causing significant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide.
This report examines the role of the global environment in impacting and influencing the efficiency of Arctic MEAs
The goal of Many Strong Voices is to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and SIDS
The Changing Himalayas - Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas
This report by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) highlights the phenomenon of climate change and...
The futures of hundreds of millions of people across the world will be affected by declines in snow cover, sea ice, glaciers, permafrost ...
The Arctic is the world’s last continuous, undeveloped and unexploited coastal and marine region.
The Polar Environment Times No 3 was launched at the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland.