COP 15 Side Event on Mountains

December 18th, 2009


The Mountain Partnership, the Government of Lichtenstein , the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Mountain Research Initiative convened a high-level COP 15 Side Event on Saturday 12 December in the Bella Center, Copenhagen.

The session titled “Mountains of the World: Addressing Climate Change through Sustainable Mountain Develoment” focused on understanding the impact of climate change on mountain regions of the world, raising awareness and political commitment, exploring the potential for adaptation and developing specific strategies, programmes and projects for enhanced understanding and adaptation. It provided a chance to listen to members of local mountain communities affected by climate change, as well as representatives from governments, private sector, research and development agencies. Learn more about climate change in mountain regions.

In the run-up to COP15, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) produced a new publication,  Mountains and Climate Change: from Understanding to Action. The document was launched during this COP15 side event. The book puts forward a series of recommendations for sustainable mountain development in the face of climate change. It was prepared in the tradition of the “Mountain Agenda” publications produced for many CSD meetings over the years since Rio 1992. Print copies can be ordered free of charge from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern.

In addition, CDE also launched a policy brief on the occasion of the Copenhagen conference titled Natural resources: the climate change challenge. This policy brief is published by the NCCR North-South (a research programme housed at the CDE) in its “evidence for policy” series. It focuses on effective natural resource management in mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Read the Side Event agenda. To learn more please contact Douglas McGuire, Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at or Sara Manuelli, Communications Officer at