Climate change is occurring at a faster pace in the Alps than elsewhere: Since the late 19th century temperatures have risen by almost 2°C, a rate about twice as large as the northern hemisphere average. The impacts of climate change vary across the Alps, but they do not stop at administrative borders: alpine-wide and cross-sectoral collaboration in mitigation and adaptation is required. The Alpine Climate Board is committed to climate action in the Alps!
In 2016, the XIV Alpine Conference established the Alpine Climate Board (ACB). Its purpose is to bring under one roof all relevant climate change activities carried out in the framework of the Alpine Convention.
More specifically, the ACB set out to elaborate a concrete system of objectives of the Alpine Convention with the goal of reaching “climate-neutral and climate-resilient Alps” by 2050, named as the Alpine Climate Target System 2050. The stock-taking report served as a basis for defining future activities of the Alpine Climate Board. During its 2019-2020 mandate, the Alpine Climate Board focussed on the development of an updated Climate Action Plan, which was adopted at the XVI Alpine Conference in December 2020 and on the facilitation of the operationalization of the Alpine Climate Target System 2050.
During its 2021-2022 mandate, through a range of exchange, promotion and monitoring activities, the Alpine Climate Board is supporting the establishment of a strong Alpine community to take on the implementation pathways. It is also furthering the cooperation on climate change issues between the Contracting Parties, Observers, Thematic Working Bodies as well as with relevant international organisations, other mountain regions and further partners.
This website serves as an information platform and as a tool for all people interested in the works of the Alpine Climate Board, to get involved and contribute to the implementation of the Climate Action Plan 2.0 and the Alpine Climate Target System 2050. The ACB invites you to take a look at our common challenges and targets as well as the 30 implementation pathways that have been developed in a participative process during the last years. You´ll find all this information for ten different sectors – from spatial planning to transport, energy, tourism, soil, mountain agriculture, mountain forests, ecosystems and biodiversity, water and natural hazards.
Get informed and get in touch with other stakeholders on the community-platform and get inspired by the best practices. We are looking forward to working together with you for climate-neutral and climate-resilient Alps 2050.