The majority of the people in the Himalayan region and downstream live in rural areas and depend heavily on agriculture for their livelihoods and wellbeing. Although Himalayan countries have made impressive progress in agriculture and food production, dynamism in the agriculture and rural sector has recently slowed due to climatic changes, extreme weather, population growth, rapid rural-urban migration, and other socioeconomic changes. Rice and wheat, the staple foods in the region, require huge amounts of water and energy. With high population growth and changes in diet due to the increasingly urbanized population, demand for food and water is rapidly increasing. Increased climatic variability, changes in temperature and precipitation, increased frequency of extreme events such as drought and flood, as well as the accelerated melting of Himalayan glaciers have raised concerns about the future of agriculture and food production and its ability to keep up with the growing demands.
Although the countries of the Himalayas have made remarkable progress in socioeconomic development in recent years, challenges persist in ensuring food and nutritional security, ending hunger and poverty, and providing access to safe water and clean energy to the burgeoning population. Poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, and poor health are widespread in this region. Leaders in the region have committed to end poverty and hunger, ensure food and water security, provide clean energy, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and promote inclusive growth and climate resilient development as part of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. However, achieving these goals requires integrated solutions, inter-sectoral coordination, the efficient and sustainable use of land, water, energy and ecosystems, the strengthening of upstream-downstream linkages, and increased regional and sub-regional coordination and communication.
In view of this, a two-day Knowledge Forum on ‘Climate Resilient Development in Himalayan and Downstream Regions’ is being organised in New Delhi on 16–17 June 2016, jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, India, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Koshi Basin Programme and Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme. The forum will bring together, scientists, policy makers, and development practitioners from the region and beyond to share, discuss, and find innovative ideas and solutions to ensure food, water, and energy security and promote climate resilient development in the region.
The broad objective of the forum is to bring together diverse stakeholders and provide a platform for them to share, discuss, and identify innovative ideas and integrated solutions for upstream-downstream linkages, increased regional and sub-regional communication, and inter-sectoral coordination for inclusive growth and climate resilient development. The specific objectives are:
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