Understanding drivers of ecosystem change and livelihoods in the Upper Indus, Pakistan


ICIMOD, in partnership with the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and the Rangelands Research Institute (RRI), organized a two day consultative workshop on understanding drivers of ecosystem change and livelihood linkages in Islamabad 29–30 April 2013. In his inaugural address, Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairperson of PARC, highlighted the need of coordination for quality research and acknowledged ICIMOD for its contributions toward understanding ecosystem-livelihood linkages in the Upper Indus River basin. 

Participants to the workshop in a group photo

Participants to the workshop in a group photo

The workshop was organized to identify and establish agreement on the key drivers of ecosystem change and their impacts on community livelihoods in the upper Indus basin as a part of the Himalayan Climate Adaptation Programme (HICAP). Nine technical papers on various aspects of ecosystems and livelihoods were presented at the workshop.

Over 50 participants, including academicians and representatives of government organizations, national development partners, and ICIMOD, discussed possible ecosystem change scenarios in the Upper Indus River basin. During the consultative sessions, participants identified key ecosystem goods and services essential for local livelihoods in the basin. They also highlighted the need for cross fertilization and coordination between various ongoing research activities in the Upper Indus for better results and policy support. The consultative workshop helped determine future activities for assessing drivers of ecosystem changes and understanding interlinkages between livelihoods and ecosystems under HICAP. 

For additional details contact: Laxmi Dutt Bhatta