Developing countries in high-mountain regions are facing significant climate change impacts such as rising temperatures, melting glaciers, and related threats to water quality and water supply. USAID supports these countries by assisting communities as they develop local adaptation plans, supporting an international community of practice, and funding applied scientific research. These activities can help save lives and preserve development gains by reducing vulnerability to climate change.
The glaciated, high-mountain regions of the world provide essential water resources to many downstream communities. Temperature changes and other climate impacts dramatically affect hydrologic patterns in these high-mountain watersheds. Higher temperatures often lead to glacial melt, resulting in unpredictable water supplies, reduced water quality, increased threats from glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), and related impacts on economic development, lives, and livelihoods.
Last updated: January 25, 2014