4-24 April: E-discussion on Sustainable Mountain Development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region

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ICIMOD, as a member of the global Mountain Partnership Consortium (MPC), has been assigned the task of preparing a regional assessment report on sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region. The report should (i) take stock of what has, and what has not, been achieved in promoting sustainable mountain development since 1992 in different parts of the region; (ii) indicate what has worked and what has not -- and why; (iii) identify current and future challenges and explore pathways and opportunities on how these can be addressed in the context of the HKH mountains; and (iv) identify the role of different stakeholders and propose a ’plan of work’ towards the preparation of a draft regional report by September 2011. The report will feed into the synthesized global assessment to be presented at the Rio 2012 conference. The preliminary findings of the regional report will be discussed, and key messages extracted, at an international conference to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 10-12 October 2011.

As a part of this exercise, ICIMOD organised an e-discussion on sustainable mountain development from 4-24 April. The 300 participants from 28 countries made 200 contributions on various themes of mountain relevance. The e-discussion was coordinated by Dr. Madhav Karki, DDG ICIMOD and MPC Advisory Committee Member representing Asia Pacific region, and moderated by Dr Sudhirendar Sharma with technical facilitation by Mr Tek Mahat. More at http://www.icimod.org/?q=3193