Forests

Forests cover around a quarter of the Hindu Kush Himalayas. They’re an integral part of the transboundary landscape, connecting numerous ecosystems and conserving biodiversity, sustaining livelihoods, providing timber and other resources and guarding against natural disasters such as landslides, rock falls and avalanches. 

The health and vitality of many forest ecosystems are already affected by climatic as well as land use changes. While the latter may outweigh the former at this point, climate change adds a challenging dimension to future forest management, as greenhouse gas and carbon sequestration are among the key functions that fast-degrading mountain forests must perform. 

In the future, forest management will have to be sensitive to biodiversity and climate needs without short-changing the local communities that look to the forests for immediate goods and benefits. It’s more important than ever to understand the power relations among the various actors involved in forest management, the often unequal distribution of costs and benefits of forest exploitation, and the latest developments in science, economics and sustainable forest management. 

The paramount role of forests in adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change has become a global concern. Yet forest ecosystems continue to degrade and fragment. ICIMOD is seeking the knowledge and management tools to reverse that trend and preserve the forests of the Hindu Kush Himalayas for the benefit of the region’s people and the future of the world.

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Transforming Mountain Forestry 

Bridging transboundary challenges with 21st century paradigms for the welfare of mountain people,forests and environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Dehradun, India

18 - 22 January 2015

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This checklist contains a total of 732 NTFPs species documented from the Kangchenjunga Landscape. This information has been collated from the Kangchenjunga Landscape country level feasibility assessment reports of Bhutan, India and Nepal.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest cover data of Paro, Bhutan for 2014 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest cover data of Swath, Pakistan for 2014 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest loss data of Swath, Pakistan between 2013 and 2014 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest cover data of Paro, Bhutan between 2013 and 2014 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest loss data of Swath, Pakistan between 2010 and 2013 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest cover data of Paro, Bhutan between 2010 and 2013 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest cover data of Paro, Bhutan for 2013 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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The past few decades have seen high levels of deforestation and forest degradation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. In this context, under SERVIR Himalaya programme, ICIMOD has developed forest cover monitoring system to identify forest change hotspot areas which need critical forest management attention in four pilot areas. This forest cover data of Swath, Pakistan for 2013 has been developed using LandSat 8 data in a semi-automated manner as part of the forest cover monitoring system.


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Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) based active fire incident location data in Nepal from February 2012 to June 2016. The active fire data has been overlaid with land cover data of Nepal to find out forest fire incidents in the country.


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