Receding glaciers, dried-up water sources, endangered flora and fauna, and heightened risk of environmental disasters: climate change has long since become reality for the inhabitants of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. However, these impacts also threaten the livelihood and well-being of billions of people who live along the lower reaches of the great river systems in South and East Asia.
It therefore comes as no surprise that supporting the local population in adapting to the new realities is high on the SDC’s priority list. «The ecosystems and inhabitants of this mountainous terrain are highly vulnerable and, as you would expect, they react sensitively to the negative effects of climate change,» says Manfred Kaufmann, one of the SDC’s experts on climate change in mountain regions. «That makes it all the more important for the countries in the region to come together and join forces in tackling the issue.»