ICIMOD Side Event: Facing the Challenges of Mountain Biodiversity Conservation and Management in a Changing Climate across the HKH Region


This event aims to raise awareness within the international community of the vulnerability of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region as a hotspot for biodiversity, and climate and other environmental changes. It will also provide a platform for the countries in the region to share with the international community and among themselves, the biodiversity-related policies and strategic measures that their national governments are pursuing in response to the challenges. We will discuss how mountain communities are being affected, and the consequences in terms of biodiversity and ultimately for ecosystem services, food security, and people’s livelihoods in the mountains, downstream, and beyond. An analysis will be given of the implementation of the mountain biodiversity and protected area programme of work of CBD in the region, and suggestions solicited for a regional initiative on research needs related to climate change and biodiversity. Overall the event is expected to help develop a common understanding and links between the UNFCCC and the CBD Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity in the region.

The side event is organised by ICIMOD in partnership with the HKH countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. A panel discussion by the high level delegation is envisaged.

Venue: Room 212 A Building 2, First Floor
Date: 25 October 2010
Time: 16:30 to 18:00
Organiser: ICIMOD
Contact Persons: Dr Eklabya Sharma esharma@icimod.org 
                           Sunita Chaudharyschaudhary@icimod.org