The Government of Nepal is a founding member of ICIMOD, along with seven other member states. Nepal has been a partner of ICIMOD since its inception and has been helping to meet its major objectives of poverty alleviation and environmental conservation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. The Government of Nepal contributes to core support to ICIMOD. National Planning Commission (NPC) is the designated nodal agency.   The Vice Chairperson of NPC formally represents in the ICIMOD Board of Governors. Nepal and ICIMOD has been working in the area of capacity building, institutional strengthening, internships, research and demonstration, and regional and international workshops and conferences, among other activities. ICIMOD`s partner institutions in Nepal include government agencies, development agencies, academic and research institutions, universities, NGOs and private sector.

Country Nodal Agency

Country Focal point

Regional Programmes engaged in Nepal

Regional Programme 1: Adaptation and Resilience Building

Enhance resilience and support adaptation of vulnerable mountain communities and ecosystems, especially to climate change.

Regional Programme 2: Transboundary Landscapes

Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources (biodiversity, rangelands, farming systems, forests, wetlands and watersheds) in landscapes defined by ecosystems rather than administrative boundaries

Regional Programme 3: River Basins and Cryosphere

Economic and social benefits derived from water resources in an equitable manner while conserving and, where necessary, restoring freshwater ecosystems; Regional cryosphere knowledge hub to collate and share knowledge of partners working in the region, and to build capacity to study the cryosphere

Regional Programme 4: Atmosphere

Use science-based knowledge on air quality, atmospheric processes and climate to shape policies and actions leading to air pollution mitigation for improved environment and human health.

Regional Programme 5: Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS)

Enable use of information and knowledge for policies and practices through support from a regional information system in the HKH region.

Partners in Nepal
Strategic and Policy Partner

Partners in this category support development and formulation of mountain-specific development strategies, policies and legislation. These key partners include focal ministries, national and regional organisations, and global partners, and the partnerships are usually formalized through a MoU.

  1. National Planning Commission, Kathmandu - Nodal Agency
  2. Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB)
  3. Dabur Nepal Pvt. Ltd
  4. Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM)
  5. Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA)
  6. Forest Resource Assessment (FRA)
  7. Integrated Development Society Nepal (IDS Nepal)
  8. Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation
  9. Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE)
  10. Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
  11. Nepal Mountaineering Association
  12. Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS)
  13. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Implementation Partner
Partners in this category include operational partners and research partners. They support regional programme implementation either individually in the RMCs or through the consortium of partners, usually formalized through a LoA with financial obligations.

  1. Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM)
  2. Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN)
  3. Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED)
  4. Central Department of Geography, Tribhuvan University (CDG, TU)
  5. Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM)
  6. Climate Alliance for Himalayan Communities (CAHC)
  7. Dalit Alliance for Natural Resources (DANAR)
  8. Department of Agriculture 
  9. Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM)
  10. Environment Conservation and Development Forum (ECDF)  
  11. Environment, Culture, Agriculture, Research and Development Society Nepal
  12. Green Forum Nepal (GFN)
  13. Green Governance Nepal (GGN)
  14. HELVETAS Swiss Interco operation Nepal (HELVETAS) 
  15. Himalayan Women Welfare Society (HWWS)
  16. Institute of Forestry (IOF) 
  17. Integrated Development Society Nepal (IDS Nepal) 
  18. International Water Management Institute (IWMI) 
  19. Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL)
  20. Kathmandu University (KU) 
  21. Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC)
  22. MinErgy Pvt Ltd
  23. National Association of Village Development Committees in Nepal (NAVIN) 
  24. Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI)
  25. Nepal Forests' Association
  26. Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) 
  27. Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS)
  28. Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF) 
  29. Nepal Wireless
  30. Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS)
  32. Practical Action 
  33. Real Time Solutions
  34. Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) 
  35. SAARC Business Association of Home Based Workers (SABAH)
  36. South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
  37. Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) 
  38. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  39. Young Innovations Pvt Ltd (YIPL)
                                                                            Knowledge Partners and Network

                                                                            Partners in this category include universities and academic institutions; regional and global network organisations; science partners and thematic networks; institutions engaged in advocacy, outreach, knowledge sharing and exchange and dissemination including media organisations and publication houses. 

                                                                              1. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) 
                                                                              2. Asia Centre for Development
                                                                              3. Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)
                                                                              4. Dabur Nepal
                                                                              5. Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA)
                                                                              6. Environmental Resources Institute (ERI)
                                                                              7. Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN)
                                                                              8. Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry
                                                                              9. Forest Action
                                                                              10. Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC)
                                                                              11. Jalshrot Bikash Sansthan (JVS)
                                                                              12. Kathmandu Forestry College
                                                                              13. Kathmandu University
                                                                              14. Koshi Victims Society (KVS)
                                                                              15. Leasehold Forestry & Livestock Programme (LFLP)
                                                                              16. Nabil Bank Private Limited
                                                                              17. National Information Technology Center (NITC)
                                                                              18. National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET)
                                                                              19. Nepal Mountaineering Association
                                                                              20. Photo Circle
                                                                              21. REDD-Forestry and Climate Change Cell, MFSC
                                                                              22. Small Earth Nepal (SEN)
                                                                              23. Smart Power Private Limited
                                                                              24. Society of Hydrologist and Meteorologist (SOHAM)
                                                                              25. South Asia Partnership International
                                                                              26. The Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuvan University (CDHM, TU) 
                                                                              27. Women Organization for Change in Agriculture and NRM (WOCAN)