Climate change

Temperatures are increasing almost twice as quickly in the Alps as in the rest of the northern hemisphere. The temperature rise of almost +2 °C since the late 19th century is already widely affecting the Alpine environment. We are seeing a reduction of the habitat of endemic animal and plant species, changes in water availability (including snow), stress on forests, as well as an increased risk and unpredictability of natural hazards. These changes have an impact on nearly all human activities. Like everywhere else in Europe, transport and buildings are among the main greenhouse gas emitters. The Alpine Convention is addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation as an integrated, transversal topic. There are solutions to climate change that can contribute to a sustainable future and high quality of life in the Alps.

Protocols and Declarations

Thematic working bodies

  • Alpine Climate Board

Selected Documents and Publications


  • ClimCards – Alpine climate in your hands! card game (2019)

  • Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action (since 2018)

  • Alpine Convention Green Events (since 2017)

  • Constructive Alps (since 2010)

  • ClimaHost - contest for innovative solutions for climate protection and energy efficiency in hotel management and hospitality in the Alpine area (2018) 

  • Energy management in Alpine hotels - platform for solutions for climate protection and energy efficiency in Alpine hotels (since 2016) - available in German, Italian, French and Slovenian

  • Virtual Alpine Observatory (since 2012)

  • GoApply Interreg Alpine Space project: Multidimensional governance of climate change adaptation in policy making and practice (2016-2019)

  • Alpen-Forum-Innsbruck (2015-2017)

  • Alpine Building Conference (2016)

  • We are Alps tour 2015

  • C3-Alps Interreg Alpine Space project: Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alpine Space (2012-2014)

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