This nexus brief synthesizes the findings of recent publications on mountains and climate change, in particular IPCC Cross-Chapter Paper 5: Mountains (2022) and the OECD Development Co-operation Working Paper: Strengthening climate resilience in mountainous areas (2021).

In 2008 the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launched four Global Programmes on climate change, food security, migration, and water. The Global Programmes devise innovative yet practical solutions in addressing these challenges. They contribute nationally and internationally to an informed political dialogue.

This paper presents new approaches, methods and adaptation strategies that can be developed in order to address the climate change phenomena, which increasingly affect livelihood systems of vulnerable small scale farmer societies worldwide.

The Asian brick industry is a huge economic sector employing many millions of people and consuming sizeable amounts of energy, mostly in the form of coal and firewood. It is a very conservative and change-resistant industry, especially in South Asia, but has a very interesting potential for change. If it does change, energy savings and a reduction of CO2 emissions similar to the entire airline industry would be possible. This publication tells the story of the Herculean task of cleaning up the Asian brick industry, an important sector in the booming economies of Asia.