28–30 March: Himalayan Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Assessment in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, an up-scaling, implementation and capacity building initiative (HICIA-HKH)


Based on the pilot phase of the Himalayan Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Assessment (HICIA) feasibility study, ‘Too much too little water’, and other scoping studies, a programme concept paper was prepared to upscale the HICIA. The programme aims to promote climate resilient communities, reduce scientific uncertainty, promote policy frameworks for autonomous adaptation, and generate knowledge for informed policy decisions.

During COP 16 in Cancun (2010), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, announced its support over five-years for this programme through a consortium of partners led by ICIMOD. ICIMOD, the United Nations Environment Programme, Grid Arendal Norway, and CICERO Norway signed a memorandum of understanding at the Promoters’ Meeting on 26 March 2011 agreeing to work together on this programme. The inception workshop for the programme was held from 28 to 30 March 2011 and provided a strategic orientation, which will help in implementing the programme.