ICIMOD celebrates 
the International Year of Biodiversity

This year ICIMOD joins the world in celebrating the variety of life on earth. The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is an opportunity to highlight the unique biodiversity richness of the landscapes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and to acknowledge the contributions made by the more than 200 million people who live here. The people of the Himalayas come from a host of diverse cultures and traditions and are the hereditary custodians and managers of the natural resources; they help to safeguard the mountain ecosystem services for the local people and the benefit of mankind.
ICIMOD is committed to conservation and biodiversity management at the regional scale as highlighted in the "Message from the DG" in this work it is guided in principle and action by the Convention on Biological Diversity, a global agreement on strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. This year ICIMOD is embracing the IYB theme by participating in specialised global conferences and workshops, hosting regional level trainings, and preparing information material that will highlight awareness of biodiversity in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, as well as supporting national level activities of our partners. The SBSTTA-14 Meeting in Nairobi and the CoP10 Meeting in Nagoya are of particular interest. They will provide an opportunity to bring to international notice the collective efforts of ICIMOD's regional member countries in the conservation and sustainable management of their biodiversity resources. ICIMOD will also organise a special regional training on maintaining and enhancing biodiversity databases in collaboration with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment.

IYB 2010 Flyer

Biodiversity Conservation and Management in the HKH Region

The meaning of biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life forms on earth, the genes they contain, and the ecosystems they create out of their interdependence and interaction. It is defined as the variability among living organisms and it includes the diversity within species, and the interaction between species and ecosystems. Biodiversity is the result of years of gradual but dynamic change - the process of evolution.

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Digital polygon dataset of Major Habitat Areas of Afghanistan. This dataset is basic Vector layer acquired from ESRI Data and Maps 2001.

Digital polygon dataset of Management Zones of Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan. This dataset is created using topographic sheet maps at scale of 50000 and prepared by MENRIS/ICIMOD.


Hindu Kush-Himalayan Conservation Portal

The HKH Conservation Portal serves as a regional repository of biodiversity and conservation related information, established to help address the data and information gaps in the region


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