About Cryosphere Initiative

The Cryosphere Initiative at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), along with its partners,  focuses on understanding the importance of the cryosphere for downstream communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). It aims to share data and knowledge co-produced in the region through its Regional Cryosphere Knowledge Hub. 

To develop and implement sustainable cryosphere monitoring in the region, the initiative and its implementing partners in Nepal and Bhutan have established a Cryosphere Monitoring Programme (CMP) to assess cryosphere water resources, cryosphere-related disaster risks, and scenarios for future water availability. 

Together with regional and international partners, the initiative is enhancing the capacity of institutions in ICIMOD’s regional member countries to co-produce and share relevant data and knowledge about the cryosphere. 

The work will contribute to the development of effective measures and policies for water resources and risk management in the HKH.

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