Norway gives $12 million for adaptation and assessment in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas

09 Dec 2010


Kathmandu, Nepal

Norway will provide more than US$12 million over five-years to a consortium of partners led by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to support a new programme in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. Erik Solhem, Norway's Minister of the Environment and International Development, made the announcement at a press conference held at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico. The ‘Hindu-Kush-Himalayas Climate Impact Adaptation and Assessment (HICIA)’ programme will run from 2011 to 2015, coordinated by ICIMOD with two Norwegian partners, CICERO and UNEP-Grid Arendal.

Mr Solheim warned that people in the Himalayas must prepare for a tough and unpredictable future and needed committed support. “South Asia to me is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change’ said Solheim, “Norway … is probably the least vulnerable. It is a snow and ice country and is committed to assist the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region.” Norway wants to get proper information so that targeted interventions can be developed to help the Himalayan countries adapt to the challenges posed by climate change, such as rapid glacier melting and its impact.

Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General of ICIMOD, spoke of the need for long-term adaptation, and stressed the importance of gathering good scientific information and knowledge in such areas as glacier mass balance, annual variability in water supply, flood management, and biodiversity degradation. This new and substantial support will fund long-term collaborative research.  Specifically, the collaborative programme will help build robust scenarios on climate change/variability and make reliable projections on availability of water and other ecosystem services.

Dr Karki thanked Norway for this timely and generous support, which would make a strong contribution to filling the critical knowledge gap and building resilient Himalayan communities, especially focusing on women and marginalised people.

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