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Reducing Climate Change Impacts in Nepal and Peru

Alton C. Byers

  • Sr. Research Associate, Institute for Arctic & Alpine Research & Co-Manager, High Mountains Adaptation Partnership, University of Colorado at Boulder

Daene C. McKinney

  • Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Geographer Alton Byers is a conservationist and mountaineer specializing in high-altitude ecosystems, climate change, and integrated conservation and development programs.

Engineer Daene McKinney's research interests are in sustainable management of water resources, especially the problems of water security in high-mountain glaciated basins.

Glaciated, high-mountain regions provide critical water and ecosystem services to large human populations living downstream. Climate-change impacts (reduced dry-season flows, increased threats from glacial-lake floods) and concerns about impacts on livelihoods and biodiversity has led to the creation of the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP).

In this talk, Byers and McKinney will discuss HiMAP’s recent experiences in Nepal and Peru helping local people develop climate-change adaptation plans; reducing the risk of glacial flooding; and strengthening communities.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 24, 2017
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.