Kailash steering committee meets in India


The Second Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) was held on 16 December 2013 in New Delhi, India. 

The PSC is the highest policy body of the KSLCDI comprising country government representatives, ICIMOD as the implementing agency, and the two donor agencies - DFID and GIZ. It is chaired by ICIMOD’s Director General. The PSC meeting is held once a year to review the progress and implementation of KSLCDI. 
In New Delhi, the PSC members discussed and approved the Terms of Reference for other governing bodies such as the National Coordination Committee and the Regional Technical Advisory Committee for implementing the Kailash Initiative. The meeting mainly covered reporting of progress annual plan for 2013, and approved the operational plan and budgets for 2014. 
The KSLCDI Programme Coordinator, Dr Rajan Kotru, presented the progress and challenges faced in 2013. ICIMOD’s Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, Lalu Kadel, presented the Monitoring and Evaluation framework to the members. She also explained the results framework and its linkages to overall monitoring of progress of KSLCDI in each country.  
On the sidelines, ICIMOD had a separate meeting with DFID in its New Delhi office. The meeting highlighted DFID’s interest in funding other transboundary landscape initiatives that look into vulnerable areas with water resource issues. DFID officials expressed interest to look into documents related to western Asia such as the Karakoram-Pamir Landscape for future collaboration.