Climate change impacts greater at lower elevations

A recent news release from US Geological Service contains very important information about how climate changes affect mountains. Their findings were surprising to them, and offer good guidance for mountain stakeholders.

“This study shows the possibility for successfully predicting specific ecosystem responses to climate change,” said USGS scientist Jim Grace. “We are not accustomed to predicting the behavior of complex ecological systems, yet this is exactly what our responsibilities to future generations require of us.”

“We were surprised to find such clear signals of climate change in these plant communities, given all the other ecological changes that may be going on in the region, such as logging and fire suppression,” said University of California at Davis professor Susan Harrison.”

Health Benefits of The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative – Australia

One of the world’s most ambitious and visionary conservation plans — to establish a conservation corridor spanning 2,800 km of the Great Eastern Ranges — has been shown to be critical for the long term health of the nation in a major study by leading Australian researchers.

The report by Professor Brendan Mackey, Dr James Watson and Dr Graeme Worboys of ANU Enterprise, examines the scientific evidence for a continental scale, “conservation corridor” focused on the Great Eastern Ranges which runs the length of the eastern seaboard from the Australian Alps in Victoria as far north as the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland..

Information on Cycling the Silk Road

To promote value of Transboundary Conservation and Connectivity Conservation, our energetic and undaunted Mountains Network member Kate Harris and her partner Mel Yule plan to cycle the length of Asia’s Silk Route in 2011. Last year they cycled Marco Polo’s route through western China. Along the route, Kate and Mel will pause to study these six existing or potential Transborder Protected Areas…

Natural Solutions: Protected Areas helping people cope with Climate Change

A product of the PACT 2020 partnership, called “Natural Solutions: Protected Areas helping people cope with Climate Change” was just released at a news conference at the Copenhagen Climate Summit…

Potential Mining Threat to New Zealand Protected Areas

Our WCPA Mountain Biome’s team is reacting to potential mining activities in Mount Aspiring National Park and other NZ protected areas. Correspondence has been sent to the New Zealand Prime Minister and others…

K2’s glacier comes clean

The Italian NGO Ev-K2-CNR is famous for studying and protecting the world’s highest alpine environments. This year they accomplished a massive “clean up” of the Baltoro Glacier at the base of K2 in Pakistan. Here you can read their report (in Italian). plus an English translation of the report, courtesy of Sara Sottocornola of Montagna.org…

Clarifying Connectivity

Dr. Graeme Worboys has alerted us that our Mountains Protected Areas Network member Gary Tabor — Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman, Montana — has co-authored a terminology guide and very informative article about landscape fragmentation and connectivity conservation in the July/August 2009 newsletter for Landscope America: Clarifying the Terminology and Connectivity 101

Important new publication on Mountain Biodiversity and Climate Change

An important new public interest book relating to linking landscapes, transboundary connectivity conservation, and climate change is now available in hard copy and online from ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development). This valuable and visually-stunning book, Mountain Biodiversity and Climate Change, was developed from the presentations and other contributions made at the International Mountain Biodiversity Conference in November 2008 at the ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. Several of our Mountains Biome Network members attended the conference and contributed material for this book.

MOUNTAINS BIOME SYMPOSIUM AT WILD9 – Large Landscape, Connectivity Conservation and Climate Change

Invitation from Harvey Locke, Mountains Biome Network — Please join the IUCN Mountains Biome team for a 3-day symposium “Large Landscape, Connectivity Conservation and Climate Change” November 10-12, 2009 as part of the ninth World Wilderness Congress (http://wild9.org) in Merida, Mexico…

Could you outrun a glacial lake outburst flood? Everest region uses the answer for climate change education

The massive task of understanding and responding effectively to climate change can be crucial for peoples’ physical, economic, and cultural survival. But how can people with few resources tackle a task that large? During two days of events in June 2009, the innovative people of the Khumbu (Everest region) of Nepal showed the world how leveraging their special place and culture has helped them to start this task by making it educational, exciting, inclusive, and downright fun…