Regional Rangeland Management Programme Development and Policy Review Workshop

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Rangelands cover about 60 percent of the 4.3 million km2 of the HKH region directly providing pastoral livelihood and fire fuel to a large population of inhabitants who are real poor and lack badly the socio-political empowerment. Additionally the major direct and indirect rangeland ecosystem services include forage and habitat for wild and domesticated animals, watersheds to regulate and maintain water supply, biodiversity nurturing of many regional endemic species of fauna and flora, carbon sequestration, ecotourism etc. Erosion of these endemic species would mean loss of strategic gene bank to becoming extremely vulnerable in case of any extreme events in this region. These host ecosystem services benefit almost 1.3 billion people living downstream. Moreover, rangelands play a key role in regulating the climate of the Tibetan Plateau which is linked to global climate and circulation patterns. 

ICIMOD, with its partner institutions in the region, has been advocating sustainable rangeland development through efficient use and community-based approaches for more than a decade. Within its regional HKH mandate, ICIMOD has been bringing stakeholders together, including government officials from the regional member countries (RMCs), to discuss common platforms for efficient resource use. ICIMOD has recently re-defined its way forward to better address the emerging issues of climate change and adaptation of rangeland-dependent communities through facilitating regional partnerships as well as national rangeland policies for institutional innovations, gender mainstreaming and good governance of resource for its multiple and efficient use.

Objectives of the Planning Workshop

ICIMOD has a long term new RRMP that will be part of its rapidly growing role in the monitoring, assessment and adaptation of the impacts of climate change in the region. The objectives of this workshop are following;

  1. to share this draft programme with national and international partners before negotiating with the potential donors
  2. present the findings of the rangeland policy review study in China and India, a collaborative initiative of UNEP and ICIMOD, for sharing and incorporating in the draft programme
  3. develop final version of the RRMP by the inputs of all partners

For further information contact

Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra
Team Leader, RRM, Ecosystem Services
Email:
Tel: +977-1-5003222,  Fax: +977-1-5003277