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Cryosphere - Impact of Retreating Glaciers

6 December 2023

Time: 11:00-12:00 (GMT +4) | Location: Atoms4Climate Pavilion

The retreat of glaciers has significant impacts on the water cycle and water supply. As glaciers shrink, water availability downstream is reduced. This not only affects freshwater supply for drinking and agriculture, but also disrupts ecosystems and biodiversity. In this event, the high-risk area of cryosphere melting and glacier retreat will be discussed as well as the impacts and the IAEA's efforts to address this issue. The discussion will also explore implementation actions aiming to pave the way for the international conference dedicated to glacier preservation that will take place in Tajikistan in 2025, the International Year of Glaciers' Preservation.


  • Bahodur Sheralizoda, Chairman of the Committee on Environment Protection, Tajikistan

  • Johannes Cullmann, UN Water Vice-Chair  

  • Irina Gorodetskaya, Senior Researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto (CIIMAR)

  • Yolanda López-Maldonado, Indigenous Maya Community Hydrologist and Hydrogeologist

  • Adrian Lema, Director of the National Centre for Climate Research, Denmark

  • Martin Krause, Director of the Division of Programme Support and Coordination, IAEA


Yuliya Vystavna, Senior Water Programme Officer, IAEA

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