The Shrinking Glaciers Project

As an NGO whose aim is to protect and preserve the remaining pristine wilderness areas in mountain regions and, more in general, the natural and cultural heritage of mountain areas, Mountain Wilderness International, is planning to organise exchange and networking among citizens, scientists, researchers, academia, schools, photographers, filmmakers, directors, mountain guides, mountaineers etc. in order to raise awareness about climate change and people’s ecological footprint.

We are aiming to partner up with other organisations, initiatives and bodies.

The project envisages the setting up of a platform for information and data collection and exchange, along with the organisation of actions, rallies and events either at international level or through our national chapters. We strive to reach the broadest possible public.

All event times are displayed based on Europe/Paris timezone.

Glacier of the Month

In this section we will present examples of both famous and less-known glaciers that have changed over time, illustrating some of their characteristics and comparing old and recent images.

  • February: Aneto Glacier

    Aneto is the highest mountain in the Pyrenees and in Aragon, reaching a height of 3,404 m a.s.l. It stands in the Spanish province of Huesca, within the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, just 6 km south of the French border. It forms the southernmost part of the Maladeta massif, which accounts for more than half of all glaciers in Spain, all located in the Pyrenees.

    Its northern side holds the largest glacier in the Pyrenees, covering <0.5 km2 in 2022. The Aneto glacier is shrinking rapidly due to rising summer temperatures and reduced winter precipitations over the 20th century: it covered 1.067 km2 in 1981 and 0.79 km2 in 2005. It is estimated that it has lost more than half its surface area in the last 100 years, and that it may disappear around 2050.

    Glacier surface loss in the Pyrenees is remarkable: there were 52 glaciers in 1850 and only 21 in 2020, corresponding to an area of 20.6 km2 and 2.3 km2 respectively, representing a loss of nearly 90% of the glaciated area.