International Mountain Biodiversity Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop
Date Venue Orgnaised by Title of Workshop
10-15 Nov 2008 Dhulikhel
(outskirts of Kathmandu)
IUCN-WCPA and ICIMOD "Mountain Transboundary Protected Area and Connectivity Conservation Workshop"
15-16 Nov 2008 ICIMOD GMBA and ICIMOD "Linking Geodata with Biodiversity Information in the Himalayas"
15 November 2008 day long trekking in the mountains surrounding the Kathmandu Valley will be organized for interested participants attending the pre-conference events.
 
Post-Conference Workshop and Field Visit
Date Venue Organised by Title of Workshop
19 Nov 2008 ICIMOD UNESCO-MAB and ICIMOD "Research Strategy on Global Change in Mountain Biosphere Reserves"
20-25 Nov 2008 GLORIA-target regions in Nepal GLORIA and ICIMOD Field visit for exploring GLORIA-target regions in Nepal

2008 Mountain Transboundary Protected Area and Connectivity Conservation Workshop

“To help facilitate the Convention on Biological Diversity Programme of Work on Protected Areas for transboundary protected areas and connectivity conservation initiatives in mountains”

A workshop convened by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Mountains Biome and Transboundary Conservation Task Force, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and WWF-Nepal

10-15 November 2008, Dhulikhel Lodge Resort

This workshop will examine the threats that climate change and the fragmentation of natural ecosystems pose to mountain environments. The focus will be on mountains, and specifically those conservation connectivity corridors which include transboundary protected areas. The workshop will endeavour to assist the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) to achieve its targets for transboundary protected areas and for connectivity conservation areas by: reviewing the existing status and protocols, identifying gaps, and preparing guides and tools as well as action plans for improved management. Since effectively managed large-scale mountain connectivity conservation corridors are a basis for improved species conservation and healthy environments for humans threatened by climate change, the workshop will also aim to facilitate long term adaptive conservation responses. These adaptive responses have been designed to help minimise species extinction and maintain healthy environments and catchments.
 
Potential collaborators for the workshop include the CBD Secretariat; GEF; UNESCO MAB; the World Bank; the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA); Mountain Research Institute (MRI); WWF; TNC; Conservation International and other organisations with strong interests in the workshop themes.

For details regarding the organization of the workshop, please contact Rodney Atkins, IUCN-WCPA at Rodney.Atkins@act.gov.au and Nakul Chettri, ICIMOD at nchettri@icimod.org.  

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Linking Geodata with Biodiversity Information in the Himalayas

A workshop convened by Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

15-16 November 2008, ICIMOD

The inventory and assessment of biodiversity resources have become essential for policy-making and management strategies as well as for developing and testing scientific hypotheses. There is an increasing need to compile mountain biodiversity databases and to make them available on-line. At the forefront of this work is an initiative lead by the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment of DIVERSITAS in cooperation with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The aim of the workshop is to highlight the usefulness of geo-referenced biodiversity data for the integrated analysis and spatial visualization of biodiversity information in relation to climate, land use, physiography and other important parameters. The workshop will bring together national partners from the HKH region to explore the possibility of hosting a regional platform for mountain biodiversity data from the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. Ideally, such a platform would provide easy and open access to Himalayan biodiversity data and metadata, and make it available for wider dissemination both regionally as well as to the global change research community. The portal gateways under discussion include the GBIF/GMBA Mountain Biodiversity Portal and the ICIMOD Mountain Geo-Portal.

For details regarding the organization of the workshop, please contact Eva Spehn, GMBA at GMBA@unibas.ch and Basanta Shrestha, ICIMOD at bshrestha@icimod.org.

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Research Strategy on Global Change in Mountain Biosphere Reserves

A workshop convened by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

19 November 2008, ICIMOD

This one-day workshop will discuss the Research Strategy developed by the Global Change in Mountain Regions (GLOCHAMORE) Project which guides scientists and managers of mountain biosphere reserves in the planning and implementation of global change research. Protected area managers and scientists are invited to attend the workshop to discuss how the Research Strategy can be implemented at various sites around the world. The discussion will also encompass how these sites can be used to test, monitor and assess the impacts of global (and climate) change on the biophysical environment and the livelihoods of mountain people. The themes to be highlighted include: biodiversity in mountain protected areas; water systems affecting mountain protected areas; and the livelihoods of people living in mountain biosphere reserves or in the vicinity of protected areas.

For details regarding the organization of the workshop, please contact Dr. Thomas Schaaf, UNESCO-MAB Programme, Chief of the Ecological Sciences and Biodiversity Section at t.schaaf@unesco.org and Michael Kollmair, ICIMOD at mkollmair@icimod.org.

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