According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the magnitude of climate change impacts increases with altitude, and temperatures are rising at disproportionately higher rates at higher altitudes.
In May 2014, the Mountain Communities Initiative Workshop brought together more than 70 mountain farmers from Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Thailand. It called for the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and for support to revitalise indigenous knowledge, languages, crops and farming systems for climate adaptation.
IIED has released a film showcasing an event where mountain communities discussed the impacts of climate change and how to respond using their biocultural heritage. This 14-minute film provides highlights of the event and presents the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.