Global  Himalayan Expedition Bags ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2018

The  ICIMOD Mountain Prize Commission announced today Global Himalayan Expedition - facilitator of clean energy and digital education as well as promoter of sustainable tourism in the India Himalaya - the winner of the ICIMOD Mountain Prize.

David Molden, Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), handed over the first ever ICIMOD Mountain Prize to Paras Loomba, Founder of GHE, amidst a function organized to celebrate World Environment Day in Kathmandu. 

Molden said that ICIMOD is proud to recognize GHE for "its outstanding efforts enabling sustainable and resilient mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH)". 

GHE was selected as the winner from a pool of 30 nominees from the HKH and beyond for bringing about transformative change in the lives and livelihoods of remote mountain communities of Ladakh, India through the implementation of its unique community-centred impact-based development model. 

ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2018

About the ICIMOD Mountain Prize

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) announces its first annual Mountain Prize, to be awarded to an individual or organization in recognition of their significant efforts to advance the mountain cause in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region through innovations in their different capacities.

The ICIMOD Mountain Prize will be awarded to an individual, organization, or private sector entity based in the HKH region or beyond, which has demonstrated outstanding efforts enabling sustainable and resilient mountain development in the HKH region to benefit the environment as well as communities—particularly the poor, the youth, and women. While we would like to particularly acknowledge the efforts of individuals and organizations that have worked in line with ICIMOD’s mandate, this is not a pre-condition for the award.

 Nominations will be accepted for those individuals, organizations, or companies that have brought about transformative change in the HKH. 

The ICIMOD Mountain Prize amount has been set at USD 5,000.

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

Fields of achievement of the individual or organization being nominated or applying for the ICIMOD Mountain Prize can be in any of the following eight thematic areas:

  1. access to water for drinking and other productive purposes or/and sanitation, 
  2. sustainable production systems for food/nutrition security and income, 
  3. climate change adaptation or/and disaster risk reduction, 
  4. access to cleaner energy,
  5. information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D),
  6. promotion of economic/income generating opportunity or/and investment, 
  7. policy advocacy, and
  8. mountain ecosystems/biodiversity management.

The nominee for the ICIMOD Mountain Prize must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must have done demonstrable outstanding work contributing to sustainable mountain development or/and resilience building in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region (See FAQs);
  • Must be able to demonstrate the extent of the transformative change brought about by the outstanding work of the nominee in terms of benefitting a substantial number of people and the environment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya;
  • The winner or winning organization of the Prize should acknowledge, on all suitable occasions, that they have received the “ICIMOD Mountain Prize”. This should be for at least one year, or until the Prize is awarded to the next winner. Individual winners are expected to list the award on their CVs. 

Other Considerations

  • Substantial weight is given to work/activities that address complex or wicked problem(s) or challenge(s) in an innovative/ingenious manner.
  • Women and youth are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

A commission for the "ICIMOD Mountain Prize" will judge the submitted nominations and may invite appraisals by external experts to decide on the winner of the Prize. They may contact the nominators/nominees/referees if more information is required.

In the case of gross negligence, fraud, general misbehaviour, public statements, or acting against the interests of ICIMOD, the commission has the right to withdraw the Prize with immediate effect. Such a decision is final and cannot be contested by legal recourse or otherwise. 

Relevant Timelines

  • Nomination process: 19 March - 11 May 2018.
  • Selection process: 12 - 31 May 2018
  • Announcing the winner: 5 June 2018 (World Environment Day)

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