Emerging Opportunities and Priorities for Sustainable Mountain Development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region


Country Consultations

Medium-Term Action Plan IV (MTAP-IV), 2018-22


ICIMOD believes in a future where mountain people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region can experience enhanced livelihoods, equity, and social and environmental security; where they can adapt to environmental and climate change; and where future generations can enjoy the benefits and opportunities made available by the region’s rich, diverse natural resources. ICIMOD foresees a future in which the HKH region is valued, sustained and upheld as the water tower for more than a billion people, as a cultural and spiritual hub, as home to numerous global biodiversity hotspots, and as a significant ecological buffer zone. As a regional intergovernmental centre serving eight regional member countries (RMCs) of the HKH – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – ICIMOD aims to serve the region through information and knowledge generation and sharing, and by fostering regional cooperation to find integrated and innovative solutions to critical mountain problems. 

ICIMOD bridges science with policies and on-the-ground practices, and provides a regional platform where policymakers, experts, planners, and practitioners can exchange ideas and perspectives towards the achievement of sustainable mountain development. ICIMOD facilitates knowledge exchange across the region, helps customize international knowledge to a regional context, and brings regional issues to the global stage. In order to fulfil its mandate, enhance technical outreach, improve science quality, enhance impact, and build a regional constituency for sustainable mountain development, ICIMOD has been working with more than 500 partners – local, national, regional and international organizations, and private sector entities.

ICIMOD’s work is aligned with its strategic framework, which is periodically revised and translated into a five-year road map called the Medium-Term Action Plan (MTAP). The last plan, the MTAP-III, covers the years 2013 through 2017. MTAP-IV, which will run from January 2018 through 2022, is based on the Strategic Framework 2017, and operationalizes its approaches to regional programmes; research priorities and questions; knowledge management and communication; human resource planning; financial strategy; planning, monitoring and evaluation; and organizational management and structure. Based on this five-year plan, annual plans containing more specific activities will be developed each year. 

ICIMOD has been conducting country consultations in preparation of the MTAP-IV to seek input and guidance from regional governments and a diverse network of partners in regional member countries. This is being done in accordance with its standing as an intergovernmental organization with a regional mandate to capitalize on its achievements, and to identify and act upon emerging opportunities in the region. The main objective of the country consultations is to integrate key national priorities and regional concerns into the formulation of the MTAP-IV (2018-22). The MTAP-IV document thus generated through regional member country consultations will eventually be presented in a regional forum for further refinement and synthesis. 


The main objective of the Country Consultation meeting is to create a platform for RMCs and ICIMOD to revisit existing partnerships, discuss and decide on the priorities/emerging contexts of RMCs and ICIMOD, determine areas for collaborative action of mutual and regional significance, and explore ideas to strengthen partnerships. Key outputs would include consolidated priorities for ICIMOD’s next Medium Term Action Plan MTAP-IV (2018-2022). 

Target Audience

The target audience includes ICIMOD’s Country Nodal Agencies and other partner organizations in the country. ICIMOD values the participation of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic and research organizations, development organizations, community-based organizations, and civil society and private sector entities. 

Tentative Dates 

3rd August 2016:         Pakistan Consultation Meeting
24th August 2016:         China Consultation Meeting
15th November 2016:  India Consultation Meeting
21st November 2016: Bhutan Consultation Meeting
25th November 2016: Nepal Consultation Meeting
4th December 2016: Bangladesh Consultation Meeting

 Tentative Dates of Consultation Meeting

  • 3rd August 2016
    Pakistan Consultation Meeting
  • 24th August 2016
     China Consultation Meeting
  • 15th November 2016
    India Consultation Meeting
  • 21st November 2016
    Bhutan Consultation Meeting
  • 25th November 2016
    Nepal Consultation Meeting
  • 4th December 2016
    Bangladesh Consultation Meeting