Nepal Country Consultation

22 Apr 2012


Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepalese stakeholders discuss ICIMOD’s future direction towards sustainable mountain development 

On Friday, 20 April 2012, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Nepal’s National Planning Commission (NPC) convened representatives from government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and private sector organizations in a day-long national consultation workshop to obtain inputs to the planning of ICIMOD’s future direction towards sustainable mountain development. 

The workshop highlighted Nepal’s policy and programme priorities so that ICIMOD can align with them in the regional and national programmes being developed for the next five years (2013–2017). Inaugurating the consultation, the NPC Vice Chair, Mr Deependra Bahadur Kshetry, noted that Nepal is currently going through a major transformation process in its political, social, economic, and environmental arenas. Therefore, he said, “our expectations for ICIMOD’s new strategy and programme plans will be that it address not only the issues of climate change, globalization, and migration, but also decentralized and devolved governance, inclusive development, livelihood improvement for poor people, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development”. Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, in presenting the centre’s new strategic framework highlighted opportunities for livelihood improvement brought about by change, including migration, and the critical role of the water-food-energy nexus in planning for the sustainable development of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. ICIMOD’s directors shared the major programmatic work and achievements of the last five years, including enhanced understanding of changes in glaciers, initiatives for reducing poverty through forest, watershed, and non-timber forest product management, and integrated approaches to climate change adaptation and sustainable development. 

Speaking at the concluding session, the Minister of Environment Hon. Hem Raj Tater drew attention to the growing impacts of climate change on Nepal’s water, biodiversity, and agricultural resources, with consequences for the lives and livelihoods of people living in both the highlands and the lowlands. He expressed his hope for enhanced partnership with ICIMOD in work at both the national and global levels; in the latter regard he expressed satisfaction with the recently held International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change and its resulting Kathmandu Call for Action on Mountains. The conference, organized by the Ministry of Environment in early April, benefited from ICIMOD’s technical and knowledge support. 

Presentations by the Secretaries of the Ministry of Environment, the National Planning Commission, and the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation revealed a number of shared priorities for their work with ICIMOD. These include Nepal’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA); carbon forestry, especially Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+); poverty reduction approaches in climate change adaptation, especially documentation of local adaptation and learning; landscape conservation; climate-adaptive mountain agriculture; early warning system for disaster management; capacity building of youth, new technologies in non-timber forest product management; and women’s entrepreneurship and enterprise activities.  

For more information contact:
Ms Nira Gurung
Communications Officer, ICIMOD