International Forum on Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems

Adaptation to Climate Change is a cross-cutting topic that requires articulating among different sectors.


the International Forum on Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems, which convened close to 800 participants from different regions of Peru, United States, Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Switzerland, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Chile, Finland, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Panama, Belgium, France and Spain.

Scientists from 20 countries delivered lectures on the analysis of glaciers and on how climate change adaptation should be approached, so as to promote among the national and global community a space for dialogue and exchange of specialized knowledge on glaciers and mountain ecosystems, offering public and private institutions and the civil society, knowledge and experiences to favor sustainable development to the benefit of the population.

“The forum connects scientific research on glaciers and mountain ecosystems with impacts on the people’s life. Accordingly, managing these resources must enable improving the quality of life of the local population”, as stated by the Minister of the Environment, Elsa Galarza, in her closing speech and added “it is the central government’s goal to achieve greater efficiency in the use of our water resources in the light of the situation that the tropical glaciers of our country are facing on account of climate change”.

In turn, Benjamín Morales, CEO of the National Institute for Research on Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems (INAIGEM) stated “the results of the forum will enable better governance in managing the glaciers and mountain ecosystems”, and will be conveyed to the World Mountains Forum, to be held next October in Uganda, to carry the voice of the Peruvian Andes to the mountains of the world.

He also recognized the need to foster initiatives and public policies for climate change adaptation and risk management in mountain ecosystems, considering agricultural biodiversity, local knowledge and the different conservation and financing strategies.

The International Forum on Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems was an initiative headed by the INAIGEM, with the support of organizations such as the Ministry of the Environment, the National Water Authority, CONDESAN, CARE Peru, the Mountain Institute, the National Agricultural University of La Molina, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation, the National Institute of Civil Defense and International Nature and Culture, among other institutions of the civil society, the public and private sectors and international cooperation.

For further information on the conclusions of the event, you may read a note with the most relevant Conclusions and next steps: The voice of the mountains of Peru to the world.

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Key lectures
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Related news:
News Lagoon threatens Huaraz and nobody takes the decision to act, Diario La República
News Melting of glaciers carries risk of floods, Diario La Hora
News The retreat of glaciers will produce more than 200 lagoons, Diario La República
News Glacier melting risks,
News Climate change melts glaciers and ends water sources, Web
News Melting of glaciers carries risk of floods, Web El Debate
News Minister of the Environment:
“Peru seeks to achieve efficiency in the use of water resources”, Chimbote en línea
News Greater efficiency will be sought in the use of water to face climate change, Agencia Andina
News video RPP Televisión
News video FOX TV
Relevant links:
Glaciers Project, sheet, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, Swiss Embassy
Web Glaciers
Web 2016 World Mountains Forum



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