International Mountain Biodiversity Conference


16th November 2008 (SUNDAY)
Inaugural Session and Reception-Dinner at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza
  Welcome – Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD
Inaugural Speech: Biodiversity, Environmental Change and Regional Cooperation Initiatives in Hindu Kush-Himalaya
- Bruno Messerli
Part I

Part II

Part III

Inaugural Keynote Speech: Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World: An Overview
- Christian Körner
Message: Biodiversity Conservation and Management for Enhanced Ecosystem Services: Responding to the Challenges of Global Change
- Ahmed Djoghlaf
Inaugural Remark: Convention on Biological Diversity : Mountain Biodiversity Programme of Work and 2010 Targets
- Krishna C. Paudel
MC: Eklabya Sharma
17th November 2008 (MONDAY)
Conference Hall ICIMOD
08:30-09:00  REGISTRATION
Central Issues & Concerns
  Theme: Climate Change and its Implications for Mountain Biodiversity
  • Biodiversity in the Himalayas - Trends, Perception and Impacts of Climate Change
    - Eklabya Sharma
  • Global Change in Mountain Regions - Strategies for Biosphere Reserves
    - Thomas Schaaf
Central Issue & Concerns
  Theme: Biodiversity Management for Economic Goods and Ecosystem Services from the Mountains
  • Biodiversity Goods and Services – Increasing Benefits for the Mountain Communities
    - Robert Zomer
  • Ecosystem Services arising from Biodiversity
    - P.S. Ramakrishnan
11:00-11:30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
Central Issue & Concerns
  Theme: Institutionalizing Long-Term Continuity in Mountain Research Programmes
  • Hindu Kush-Himalaya - Current Status, Challenges & Possible Framework
    - Ram Prasad Chaudhary
  • Global Change in Mountain Regions: Research Strategy and its Implementation
    - Gregory Greenwood
  • A Global Long-Term Observation System for Mountain Biodiversity – Lessons Learned and Upcoming Challenges
    - Harald Pauli
12:30-13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30-15:30 TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS (Parallel sessions)
The conferees will participate in one of five parallel ‘working group’ sessions on sub-themes in which they will be asked to share their HKH regional experiences
  GROUP I: Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity and Mountain PAs
(Two presentations of 10 minutes each from the HKH region by Ghanashyam Gurung and R.K. Maikhuri will be followed by theme discussion)
GROUP II: Land Use Change Trends and Impact on Mountain Biodiversity
(Two presentations of 10 minutes each from the HKH region by Jianchu Xu and for global perspective by Eva Spehn will be followed by theme discussion)
GROUP III: Wetland Ecosystem Functions and Services – Implications of Climate Change
(Two presentations of 10 minutes each from the HKH region by Chaman Trisal and KunShi will be followed by theme discussion)
GROUP IV: Balancing Biodiversity Conservation with Community Livelihoods
(Two presentations of 10 minutes each from the Central Asian region by Libor Jansky and Global perspective by Thomas Schaaf will be followed by theme discussion)
GROUP V: Biodiversity Transects and Transboundary Connectivity Approaches in Mountains for Long-term Monitoring and Regional Cooperation
(Two presentations of 10 minutes each for HKH Biodiversity Transects by Nakul Chettri and Connectivity Approaches by Graeme Worboys will be followed by theme discussion)
15:30-16:00 TEA BREAK
Reporting of Group Work
During this plenary session, the facilitators for the group discussions on the five sub-themes will summarise the discussions that took place in their groups on the HKH regional experience
  Group presentations and discussion/clarification
18th November 2008 (TUESDAY)
Conference Hall ICIMOD
Responses from Global Programmes
  This plenary session will give each of the global programmes an opportunity (10 min.) to respond to the HKH regional experiences by providing global perspectives and providing ideas and suggestions on how their particular programme can contribute.

The background papers on the global programmes will have been circulated beforehand via the web and the audience is expected to be familiar with them. The presenters will be asked only to respond to the regional experiences and not to present the papers they have submitted. In their responses the global programmes will discuss how they are presently involved in the HKH and how they intend to respond to the challenges of the region, what they see as a role for partners and how ICIMOD can be involved.

  • EV-K2-CNR
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA)
  • Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Mountain Forum
10:30-11:00 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:40 PLENARY SESSION V cont’d.
Responses from Global Programmes
  • UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme with its World Network of Biosphere Reserves
  • United Nations University (UNU)
  • Wetlands International (WI)
  • World Wide Fund - CEPF
  • The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
11:40-13:00 PLENARY SESSION V cont’d.
Synthesis of Global Programmes’ Responses and
Synthesis of HKH Institutions’ Reaction
  • Presentation of Synthesis
    - Martin Price and Robert Zomer
  • Reactions from the HKH Institutions and ICIMOD
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
Strategy and Way Forward
  • Strategy on ‘Development of Coordination and Cooperation for HKH’
    (Plenary discussion, inputs and common elements defined period)
  • A Way Forward
15:30-16:00 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • Remarks by a HKH Region Representative
  • Remarks by a Global Programme Representative

Concluding Remarks:

  • Andreas Schild
  • Bruno Messerli

Vote of Thanks, ICIMOD