ID46: Nature-based solutions to water-related risks in mountain regions


  • Full Title

    Nature-based solutions to water-related risks in mountain regions

  • Scheduled

  • Co-Conveners

    Jonathan Duncan Mackay, Francisco Román-Dañobeytia, Wouter Buytaert and David M. Hannah

  • Assigned to Synthesis Workshop

    1. Mountain Ecosystems under Global Change

  • Keywords

    Mountain risks, Climate Change, Water management, Flooding, Drought, Nature-based solutions, Transformational adaptation


Mountain regions provide vital ecosystem services that underpin social-ecological wellbeing and health. They represent some of the most sensitive places to climate change globally and face increased risk of floods, droughts, poor water quality, glacial lake outburst floods and landslides.


Nature-based solutions (NbS) include actions which protect, manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems – providing human and ecosystem benefits. NbS comprise interventions such as forest protection, wetland restoration, terracing, infiltration ditches and ice stupas. NbS are widely advocated as a key strategy towards managing water-related risks sustainably and developing appropriate adaptation pathways. However, their application and evidence on their effectiveness in mountain regions is limited.


We welcome contributions that provide new insight into the potential for, application of, or impact of NbS in mountain environments. We encourage observation- and model-driven studies from across the natural and social sciences that consider NbS as part of transformational adaptation approaches.


Registered Abstracts

ID48: Obtaining and integrating interdisciplinary mountain data
ID45: Native and non-native species range expansions in mountains