International Consultative Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation across Transboundary Landscapes and River Basins in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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ICIMOD has been using river basin and transboundary landscape management approaches to work across borders and achieve shared goals. The Centre’s river basin approach takes into account a range of concerns—monitoring and assessment of water resources, water-induced risk management, and climate change adaptation and resilience building with particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. It adopts an integrated water resource management approach to improve current understanding of upstream-downstream linkages as well as the links between natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.

The International Consultative Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation across Transboundary Landscapes and River Basins in the Hindu Kush Himalaya provide a timely opportunity to envision possible mechanisms to enhance regional cooperation and to discuss priority actions for the same. It will also look into strengthening existing regional cooperation mechanisms.

Objectives 

The consultation workshop will contribute to strengthening of existing transboundary mechanisms and networks to support the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable development. In doing so, it will explore possibilities for further regional cooperation. Specifically, the consultation workshop aims to:

  1. Identify and understand key challenges and opportunities in relation to transboundary cooperation for sustainable management of landscapes and river basins, particularly in areas of climate resilience, disaster risk reduction, water-energy-food security, development opportunities, and biodiversity conservation.
  2. Understand the opportunities that regional and global frameworks and agreements present to better synergize transboundary landscape and river basin approaches for regional cooperation and sustainable development in the HKH.
  3. Understand mechanisms of addressing challenges and harness opportunities identified from regional and global experiences.
  4. Identify priority actions for mainstreaming regional cooperation through approaches that enhance upstream-downstream relationships and integrate people and ecosystems across boundaries.

Researchers will shed light on the state of scientific knowledge with regard to river basin and landscape management. Practitioners, policy makers, experts, and natural resource governance specialists will look at good practices and policy concerns related to functional institutional mechanisms that enable regional cooperation.

The workshop will provide a forum for cross-country practitioners, lawmakers, civil servants, regional think tanks, donors, market actors, and civil society representatives from the HKH region and beyond. It will provide opportunities for sharing of experiences and lessons for improved river basin management and cross-border landscape management.

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