A Workshop on Managing Ecosystems for Livelihood


ICIMOD, in collaboration with Mountain Agriculture research Centre (MARC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Gilgit organized a two-day provincial workshop on ‘Managing Ecosystems for Livelihood in Gilgit-Baltistan’ at Serena Hotel, Gilgit from August 7-8 2014. The main objective of the workshop was to hold consultations with the local stakeholders regarding the management of mountain ecosystems for livelihoods and to discuss climate change impact on fragile mountain ecosystems while identifying possible adaptation strategies. Around 70 male and female participants from different government departments, NGOs, universities and media participated in the workshop.

Mr Khadim Hussain Saleem, Secretary of the Forest, Wildlife and Environment Department in Gilgit Baltistan, chaired the inaugural session. In his opening remarks, he expressed appreciation for ICIMOD’s role in improving the livelihoods of mountain people. Mr Shafiullah, Director of MARC, presented the workshop objectives and programme, while Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra, Country Representative of ICIMOD’s Pakistan office, briefed the participants about the HICAP initiative in Pakistan.

Various national and international experts delivered presentations during the technical sessions. They all emphasized the importance of ecosystem services for improving the livelihoods of mountain communities in the face of climate change. They also highlighted the impact of climate change on agriculture in terms of food security in the mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan.

Dr Muhammad Asif Khan, Vice Chancellor, 
Karakoram International University (KIU) 
Gilgit Baltistan gave closing remarks at the end of the workshop.