Mountains are widely recognized as early indicators of climate change. Impacts of climate change, such as melting glaciers, drying wetlands and biodiversity loss are evident in mountain ranges worldwide.
“The protection of mountain ecosystems is crucial if we are to meet our sustainable development goals, and is not just for the benefit of highland communities but also for those living downstream. Mountains are the water towers of the world, are home to unique ecosystems and remain the last refuge for many vulnerable species – but are under threat from climate change and environmental degradation. UN Environment helps address these challenges and works to promote global cooperation for sustainable mountain development.” - Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment.