The seminar focuses on the Norwegian involvement in climate change adaptation, food security and gender issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayas under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Assessment Programme (HICAP), an initiative funded by the governments of Norway and Sweden. HICAP is implemented by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GRID-Arendal, and the Centre for International Climate Research-Oslo (CICERO). The programme aims to enhance the resilience of mountain people, particularly women, by improving understanding of vulnerability to change and identifying opportunities and potential for adaptation. To achieve this, the programme seeks to increase understanding of change and uncertainties, enhance capacities, and make concrete proposals for policy and action.
A publication on food security, a gender scoping study from Nepal and a short documentary film on women leadership will be launched by Mr Børge Brende, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The seminar will provide a key opportunity for dialogue between the promoters of HICAP and policymakers working on food security and gender issues in cold regions as well as for direct engagement with a diverse Norwegian audience representing the arenas of policy and industry and various other organizations.
The event, which is part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of GRID-Arendal, is being organized in conjunction with Arendalsuka.