Conference on Mitigation of Emissions from Open Agricultural Burning in the Wider Himalayan Region



Jointly organized by International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) and ICIMOD, the conference is part of the project sponsored by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) that aims to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The project seeks to develop concrete options for reducing emissions from open burning near regions of snow and ice (cryosphere), thus improving crop yields and human health, and potentially making positive impact on the region’s climate and nearby glaciers. The project will identify the sources of open burning in two regions (the Andes and the Himalayas), where and when burning takes place as well as what is burnt, and use this information to design at least two on-the-ground pilot projects in each region, where alternatives to burning will be demonstrated.


  • Characterize agricultural burning using completed mapping combined with regional expert input: who burns what, where and why
  • Identify potential mitigation options and barriers
  • Identify key actors and stakeholders as well as establish partnerships
  • Help in raising regional awareness of the impacts and importance of open burning and the general work of the CCAC in the region

Target participants

Representatives of the scientific community, government officials, international organizations, farmers and farmer organizations and other relevant experts interested in agriculture, air quality and health issues, adaptation and climate change will participate in the conference.