First HIMAP Workshop (15 – 16 Oct 2014, Nepal) 

Recognizing Food, Water and Energy as the critical lenses for the HIMAP process and defining the nexus among these threads, in different country contexts within HKH, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) organized a two day workshop (15-16 October 2014) at ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together different scientific and educational institutions, and experts/researchers to debate on issues related to research particularly focused on food, water and energy in the Himalaya. The deliberations were focused on:

  1. Why HIMAP is needed and what are the main lessons we can learn from other global assessments?
  2. Defining the Food, water, energy nexus in the HKH context, focusing on:

  • Key drivers & trends
  • Future scenarios
  • Deriving Key messages 

The workshop was attended by over 30 experts, social scientists, senior officials from government Ministries, development practitioners and senior Fellows. The two-day deliberation was organized into highly participatory sessions, each session with a facilitator and panel members. Dr David Molden provided the brief on the Overview, Goals, & Progress of HIMAP and Dr Eklabya Sharma presented on the HIMAP Structure.

Dr Lars-Otto Reiersen, Executive Secretary of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme gave a presentation on the key achievements and lessons learned in the arctic context. Dr Shobhakar Dhakal of the IPCC gave a presentation on the IPCC context and the process that would need to be followed to develop a chapter on mountains in the next IPCC report. 

The major deliverable was in the form of a road map for strengthening research in the Himalayas. The areas of the workshop were limited to the questions on the diversity of situations and the implications for the food-water-energy nexus. The diversity of the mountain context was stressed as well as the need to derive locally specific solutions. The workshop concluded with a note that several overarching themes or topics are needed to look more specifically at the food-water-energy nexus with this perspective. Outcomes of the workshop will be presented to ‘Himalayan Circle’ meeting in Thimphu.