Promoting South-South Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration between Experts and Practitioners from the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, Andes, and Central Asian Mountains for Improved Adaptation Learning and Resilient Livelihoods


This unique gathering of mountain experts from the Andes, Central Asia and the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) is organised by ICIMOD and The Mountain Institute (TMI) in collaboration with UNDP Nepal, the University of Texas, and a number of other partners.

The overall objective of the workshop is to reduce the danger and hazard of Himalayan glacial lakes and to improve their management as water sources through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and identification of best practices by Andean, Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH), Central Asian and United States researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and community decision makers. 

The exchange and collaboration will take place during a three-phase workshop in September 2011 which includes:

  • a field expedition of scientists and graduate students to the Imja glacial lake, Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, Nepal (3–23 September);
  • a larger international, interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and learning workshop in Kathmandu, hosted by ICIMOD (25–26 September);
  • a writers’ workshop in Kathmandu to capture the participants’ experiences in workshop proceedings and to design a priority research and action project "blueprint" for the future (27–28 September). 

For more information about the workshop, please contact 

Daan Boom
Programme Manager, Integrated Knowledge Management (IKM)

Aneeta Gauchan
Workshop coordinator, Integrated Knowledge Management (IKM)