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.

Mega event

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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Biophysical (Forest carbon) data of Community forest in Charnawati watershed, Nepal under a Pilot project “Design and setting up of a governance and payment system for Nepal’s Community Forest Management under Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)” implemented by ICIMOD and proejct partners ANSAB and FECOFUN. The pilot project aimed at setting up a benefit sharing mechanism in Community forest system.


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Biophysical (Forest carbon) data of Community forest in Ludi Khola watershed, Nepal under a Pilot project “Design and setting up of a governance and payment system for Nepal’s Community Forest Management under Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)” implemented by ICIMOD and proejct partners ANSAB and FECOFUN. The pilot project aimed at setting up a benefit sharing mechanism in Community forest system.


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Biophysical (Forest carbon) data of Community forest in Kayar Khola watershed, Nepal under a Pilot project “Design and setting up of a governance and payment system for Nepal’s Community Forest Management under Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)” implemented by ICIMOD and proejct partners ANSAB and FECOFUN. The pilot project aimed at setting up a benefit sharing mechanism in Community forest 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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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 Bandarban, Bangladesh 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 incidents in Bhutan from March 2012 to June 2016. The active fire data has been overlaid with land cover data of Bhutan to find out forest fire incidents in the country.


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This layer gives information about the impacts of net primary product on forest ecosystems in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape.


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This layer gives information about the impacts of mean net primary product on forest ecosystems in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape.


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This layer gives information about the impacts of decadal winter season forest fire on forest ecosystems in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape.


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Evapotranspiration Mean 2003-2013 layer gives information about the impacts of evapotranspiration on forest ecosystems in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape.


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