Rising global temperatures are causing unprecedented changes to the environments of high mountain regions. The mountain cryosphere (glaciers, snow, and permafrost) and high-altitude mountain ecosystems provide and regulate freshwater resources for around half of the world’s population. The on-going changes in the distribution of precipitation and in the mountain cryosphere affect the sustainability of these ecosystems.
In collaboration with international partners, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) seeks to address these challenges, leveraging the critical role of existing coordination mechanisms, and enabling action to enhance the quality, quantity, and application of hydro-meteorological and climate services for disaster risk reduction and related impacts such as water resource management, food security and health.
The High Mountain Summit will foster high-level dialogue and engage decision-makers and local actors providing and using hydro-meteorological and climate services to develop a roadmap to science-based, relevant and reliable user-driven knowledge and information systems supporting sustainable development and risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions.
The Summit aims to identify priority actions and address the effects of climate changes observed in high mountain cryosphere, and their impacts on downstream ecosystems, communities, and water resources.
A limited number of high relevance projects based on existing initiatives will also be identified to be pursued as part of the roadmap, with support from the engaged participants.
The Summit will take into account the needs of WMO Members regarding the monitoring and reporting on targets within the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals. In the broader context, it will contribute to the Framework for Action for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Mountains (2017) approved by Mountain Partnership members, and the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018–2028).