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Chimborazo volcano, Ecuadorian highlands. Photo by Emilie Dupuits

Climate change adaptation in mountains: How to close the gap between policies and local realities?


People living in mountain regions are among those most exposed to climate change risks. Despite major efforts to promote adaptation, gaps between policies and local responses persist and limit effective pathways toward more resilient mountain communities. In this online dialogue, two MRD authors presented their findings on these rifts and discussed their recommendations with policymakers, practitioners, and the audience. A recording of the event and key insights on how to make adaptation work better for mountain communities will be available here soon.

Two papers recently published in MRD reveal that climate change adaptation policies are still insufficiently aligned with the needs and governance tools of mountain communities. In addition, factors such as limited access to climate forecasts and financial resources or barriers related to poverty and socioeconomic inequalities narrow the options available to many of these communities. At the same time, a large number of adaptation initiatives use innovative approaches. However, these are often not sufficiently considered in the design of, or supported by, climate adaptation policies, and their widespread adoption is constrained. This online dialogue offered an opportunity to jointly identify effective ways to foster synergies between local initiatives and adaptation policies. A recording of the event, key insights from the discussions, and more resources will be made available here soon.


Emilie Dupuits

Emilie Dupuits

Carrera de Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Graham McDowell

Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Canada


Kevin Kinusu

Africa Bioenergy Programs Limited Acs, Nairobi, Kenya

Nona Budoyan

Climate Policy Department, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia


Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Associate Editor, Mountain Research and Development | Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland


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