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Mountain Adaptation Outlook Series: Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

10 Dec 2018

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is on the frontline of climate change, manifested through rising temperatures and changing precipitation throughout the region. The pace of change, especially at higher altitudes, is faster than the global average and the region could experience average warming of between 4–5°C by 2100. While future precipitation trends are less clear, increases in precipitation extremes are likely in the future, bringing with it increased risks of flooding and other climate-related hazards. As the Himalayan countries are already amongst the most disaster-prone on Earth, these are not far-off risks, but very real present-day concerns.

The Outlook on climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya is the seventh in a series of mountain adaptation outlook reports created by UN Environment in collaboration with partners. The Outlook is intended to serve as a practical companion for local, regional and national policy makers seeking to protect fragile mountain ecosystems and the people who depend on them.

Status: Completed

Type: Mountains Outlook

Author: Björn Alfthan, Nand Kishor Agrawal, Magnus Andresen, Hanna Lønning Gjerdi, Matthias Jurek, Nishikant Gupta, Tina Schoolmeester

Year of publication: 2018

Publisher: UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

Tags: Asia climate change mountains polar Himalaya

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