Natural hazards have always influenced life in the mountains. Climate change and other - predominantly manmade - developments have far-reaching consequences and lead to a rise in damaging events. In particular, mudslides, earthquakes and floods force us to improve supra-regional cooperation in development planning and prevention. For natural disasters, national borders do not exist. By studying best practices, we can avoid having to learn from our own mistakes. Is our natural hazard management well-equipped to confront the climatic challenges of the future? What can we do to prevent climate disasters? Which aspects of the issue demand political intervention and how can individuals make a contribution?