CAS President visits ICIMOD


President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Prof. Bai Chunli, and an eight-member delegation visited the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on 7 April 2014 to discuss ways to strengthen the collaboration between the two institutions. ICIMOD and CAS have been working as strategic partners in the areas of scientific research and knowledge sharing for sustainable mountain development for decades. 

CAS President presents ICIMOD Director General with the calligraphy stating 'Serving Mountains, Serving People, Serving the World'

Photo: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

To formalize the ongoing cooperation, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Third Pole Environment programme of CAS and ICIMOD. It will help further scientific understanding of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and bolster cooperation among countries in the region. Areas for cooperation outlined in the agreement include cryosphere and atmospheric monitoring; high-altitude wetland and river systems; climate change and anthropogenic impacts; ecological monitoring and assessment; and policy outreach and promotion of the Mountain Agenda at regional and global forums. The agreement was signed by Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, and Prof. Tandong Yao, Co-Chair of the Third Pole Environment.