Authors' Workshop for the Regional Report on Climate Change in the Hindu Kush–Himalayas: The state of current knowledge. Kathmandu, Nepal. 18-19 August 2011


Background and Objective

The objective of the workshop is to bring the contributing authors together to finalize the HKH Climate Change Report which ICIMOD intends to publish. ICIMOD is planning on producing a HKH regional climate change report consisting of 1) compiled background paper as submitted by experts and 2) a synthesis paper based on the background compiled paper intended for policy makers and planners. The purpose of this report is a collection and synthesis of the latest available science and knowledge related to the region on climate change. 

The IPCC 4AR was characterized by an absence of data on the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) System and the region remained largely underreported. In the meantime, a lot of research has been initiated and it is likely that the next report will give another picture. However the new IPCC 5AR will only be available in 2013. The aim of this report would be to bridge the knowledge gap for the HKH region and disseminate science–based information in a readable and easily understandable way which will be useful to the UNFCCC meetings. Such report will also be important to support the discussion on the Rio+ 20 conference and Multi–lateral Environment Agreements as the reports will capture the leading knowledge from the region and on the region with a specific focus on the mountain situation.

As part of the process to develop the compiled background paper and the synthesis report, an Authors’ Workshop at Kathmandu in 18–19 Aug 2011 will bring the authors together. 

This workshop will bring the authors together where the authors will present a summary of their findings. The sessions will be split into: 1) analysis of change, 2) impacts, 3) implications, and 4) response.

The expected outcome for each session is to:

  1. Identify knowledge gaps, scientific uncertainties and challenges
  2. Strategies to fill data gaps, augment systematic observation, enhance regional cooperation in monitoring changes
  3. Identify research and implementation capacity building needs
  4. Linking global framework on climate change with appropriate regional level policy making and national level governance system