Graham McDowell at The World Mountain Forum
Participants at the World Mountain Forum showcased and discussed available local, regional, and global experience in mountain research and sustainable development. The conference produced insights that feed into global initiatives such as the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability; that contribute to the main global sustainable development processes, including those related to the Rio and the RAMSAR conventions; and that support the development of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals as well as the future climate deal that COP20 will advance.
CCARG expert adviser Graham McDowell presented a study that systematically assessed what is known about human adaptation to climate change in glaciated mountain regions (e.g. adaptation where, by whom, to what stressors, by what means, and with what effect). The study contributes to an emerging literature tracking on-the-ground adaptation processes and outcomes, and helps inform research/policy agendas for addressing key knowledge gaps. Accordingly, the presentation was extremely relevant to conversation at the World Mountain Forum, where it was well received by researchers and policy makers alike.