Second Workshop on ‘Hindu Kush Himalayas Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP): Action to Sustain Global Asset’

Background and rationale
ICIMOD is coordinating the publication of a book titled ‘Comprehensive Assessment of the HKH Region: Action to Sustain Global Asset’. The book will address the critical data gap identified in the IPCC Assessment Report 4 in 2007 and provide a comprehensive evaluation of the current state of knowledge in the HKH region. It will shed light on various drivers of change and their impacts, and offer a set of practically oriented policy recommendations. The study will involve a broad and diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and culminate in a major publication of an international publishing house in 2016. Our thinking has evolved away from a ‘one-off’ assessment to more of an ongoing process. The 2016 publication will be the first in the series of assessments that we hope to carry out every few years.

This workshop will focus on the thematic areas of Drivers of Change. The workshop will overlap with the Himalaya-Third Pole Circle meeting with the initiative of the President of Iceland, being organized by The Royal Government of Bhutan, ICIMOD, The Skoll Global Threats Fund and the Climate Research Foundation. Since the HIMAP is providing technical input to the ‘Himalayan Circle’, the technical experts attending the assessment meeting will be able to liaise and hold dialogue with policy makers joining the ‘Himalayan Circle’ meeting. An outcome of the second HIMAP workshop will also be presented at the high-level meeting.


The Royal Government of Bhutan