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Melting glaciers on your local mountain - what now?

Possible solutions will be discussed in Crans Montana/CH on the basis of actual examples.

Possible solutions will be discussed in Crans Montana/CH on the basis of actual examples. © Anita Wyss

On 24th and 25th September 2009 cc.alps is organising an international conference on the impact of melting glaciers on communities in collaboration with CIPRA Switzerland and the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Preservation in Crans Montana/CH.
Mountain peaks covered by glaciers are defining elements: the glaciers are important as a defining symbol of the Alps, but also as a reference to home and a means of identity for the Alpine dwellers. The dwindling ice masses are also a clear sign of global climate change. For the glacier communities they are also an important economic factor. Their melting has particular effects on the risk of natural disasters, water management and tourism. This conference will highlight the challenges faced by the glacier communities due to climate change, discuss how the communities might respond and point out possible future impacts of the climate measures that the communities want to implement now.
Following a plenary session covering a number of actual examples, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the issues in more detail in smaller working groups. Site visits will be arranged to illustrate the problems being discussed.
For programme and registration please visit: www.cipra.org/cc.alps (de, fr, it)