Develop a foundation and mechanisms for regional cooperation

This component is comprised of the means through which to build regional dialogues, improved communication, and advocacy. 

  • Scientific knowledge used for diplomacy, policy, and regional cooperation
    The risks posed by environmental stressors such as climate change are common and can only be tackled with common understanding, knowledge sharing, and innovating solutions to address these issues.  Science for diplomacy will strengthen ongoing efforts to bring science into development discussions and create a better knowledge environment for river basin countries to collaborate on water, food, and energy security.
  • Regional Science Network in Upper Indus Basin (UIB)
    The Indus basin lacks coordination between scientists at the national and regional levels. To address this issue ICIMOD supports the Upper Indus Basin Network (UIB) of scientists and policymakers. To enhance this cooperation, ICIMOD acts as a regional knowledge hub for building, sharing, and disseminating of water-related information. We also coordinate with other regional actors such as IWMI, SAWI, and CSIRO. We saw early signs of promise in the UIB at the 2016 Indus conference held in Kathmandu.
  • Establish and enhance gender resources and networks
    The Phase SDIP II intends to build a gender experts database for those people engaged in basin research, and to feed this data into the Women, Gender, Environment, and Mountains network (WGEM), hosted at ICIMOD. The program will maintain a regional database with gender-water-food security related information, and establish dedicated web support to the WGEM network.