Climate-smart wildlife conservation and Ecosystem-based adaptation in fragile mountain landscapes – the role of communities
This event aims to raise awareness of the significant threat posed by climate change to biodiversity in the world’s mountains. These regions encompass a great diversity of species and habitat types, which provide the basis for mountain communities’ livelihoods. This has been recognized in a decision on biodiversity and climate change adopted last year at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 14 and in its Guidelines for Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation.
Participants will consider ways of addressing the growing threats to mountain ecosystems and species, such as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and climate-smart conservation. Both strategies can be employed while partnering with local mountain communities.
The session will also feature case studies from various mountain regions including many in Africa, Central Asia and the Hindu Kush and Himalayan (HKH) region, which brings a particular focus on iconic mountain species such as the mountain gorilla, snow leopard and Bengal tiger.