Photos from Peru 2013 High Mountains Workshop

HiMAP group at Lake Palcacocha

All reports so far point toward a very successful and thoroughly enjoyable workshop in Peru in July. Roughly 50 people from the newly renamed High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP) gathered for three days of conference-room presentations and discussions, followed by three days of fields trips and workshops in the Cordillera Blanca, climaxed by a three-day hike up one valley, over a 5,000-meter pass, and then down another valley. All of this took place among some of the most spectacular scenery on our fair planet. Along the way, we examined several of the most dangerous glacial lakes on earth, including Lake Palcacocha, which blew through its moraine-dam in 1941, killing some 6,000 people in the city of Huaraz. Today the remaining lake is still highly dangerous; we heard its leading expert--Cesar Portocarrero--explain the risks and the needed mitigation while standing on the moraine with towering Andean walls all around us.

We're busily compiling the workshop's proceedings for everyone to share. Meanwhile, please enjoy Daniel Byers' incredible photography, which captured nearly everything and everyone in remarkable detail, all while he was also making a film. At the moment Daniel is in Khazakstan, but when he returns in September he'll turn his talents toward editing a short film of the workshop in Peru.

About that new name. During the final day of the conference we decided that High Mountain Glacial Watershed Program made for a difficult acronym (HMGWP). So the community of practice decided to call itself the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP), which rolls off the tongue. Unfortunately, to avoid confusion in some circles, the overall program will still have to remain HMGWP while our network of scientists, academics, policy makers, and development practitioners will start going by HiMAP. 

Much more will be coming out about the conference soon. This short note simply thanks all who participated for making your long journeys from Nepal, Bhutan, Tajikistan, Japan, Switzerland, the US, Bolivia, and beyond. We hope you found it to be well worth your while. If you have any immediate comments or questions, please write to me at jharlin at In the meantime, if you'd like to see what we talked about, please download the agenda here.

You can download a high-resolution version of the group photo at Lake Palcacocha here (hint: click the 3 dots at the lower right, then click View All Sizes, then choose the size you wish to download).


John Harlin

HiMAP Moderator