Congressman Levin visits ICIMOD


US Congressman Sandy Levin visited ICIMOD on 15 August 2013. Mr Levin was accompanied by his wife Pamela Cole and some staff members of the US Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal

ICIMOD’s Director Programme Operations Dr Eklabya Sharma, Regional Programme Manager Basanta Shrestha, and other staff members welcomed Mr Levin and his team to ICIMOD.

Dr Eklabya Sharma gave a presentation on ICIMOD, its evolution over the last 30 years, and current thematic activities. He particularly highlighted the dependence of 1.3 billion people on mountain resources such as water, ecosystem, and biodiversity. 

Basanta Shrestha talked about SERVIR-Himalaya. He said SERVIR is a joint USAID/NASA program that integrates Earth observation and geospatial technologies to build capacity and provide a platform to assist decision-makers in improving environmental management and resilience to climate change. 

Basanta Shrestha said ICIMOD is SERVIR’s partner organization in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, and SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative helps strengthen ICIMOD as an authoritative regional resource center on geospatial information and Earth observation applications tailored to the needs of the HKH people. He particularly emphasized on the importance of SERVIR initiative, satellite data, and internet mapping applications in the HKH region for the development of mountain livelihoods. 

After the presentations Mr Levin and the team were given a brief tour of MENRIS where they were briefed about Mountain GeoPortal, ICIMOD youth programme, and glacier and land cover mapping applications. 

Mr Levin said ICIMOD’s work was very crucial for the region and its people, and he wished continued success for the organization. He urged the MENRIS team to keep up the good work.