Background and Rationale

ICIMOD has been coordinating the Comprehensive Assessment of the HKH Region, conducted as a part of the larger HIMAP programme. In September 2013, a ‘Framing Workshop’ was held in Kathmandu, where it was decided to produce an assessment report on the Hindu Kush Himalaya. It was aimed at a comprehensive assessment of the current state of knowledge of the HKH region, increase understanding of various drivers of change and their impacts, address critical data gaps and lead to a set of practically oriented policy recommendations. The assessment process involved a broad and diverse group of researchers, practitioners and policy makers, and was published in 2019. Our thinking has since evolved from a “one-off” assessment to more of an ongoing process, with the 2019 publication being the first of a series of assessments that we hope can happen every few years.