Launch of Special Report on Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

The IPCC 4AR was characterized by an absence of data on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) System and the region remained largely under-reported. 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.