ICIMOD at COP 15 (Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-18 December 2009)

The UNFCC COP 15 in Copenhagen is expected to be a historic event for climate change. The entire world is looking to the meeting with hope and expectation for the signing of an effective global agreement to replace the much discussed and never fully implemented Kyoto Protocol. COP-15 could be a milestone event through which the global community can demonstrate their resolve to address the problem of human-led climatic change and the related issues and impact.

ICIMOD as a regional knowledge development and sharing organisation will be bringing the special issues of climate change and its impact on the people and environment of the Himalayan region to the attention of the world community at this historic gathering. To this end, a strong ICIMOD delegation of senior programme staff led by the Director General, Dr Andreas Schild, will be organising, cohosting, participating in, and supporting a series of events in and around the meeting. ICIMOD is accredited by the UNFCCC as an Inter-Governmental Organisation with Observer Status, and so is also able to observe the main proceedings and negotiations taking place during the Plenary Sessions.

The COP-15 summit is expected to focus its discussion on plans for both mitigation and adaptation. However, whatever is decided in terms of mitigation, the communities in the Himalayas will have to cope with and adapt to the impacts of climate change for many years to come. At the same time, adaptation and mitigation are intricately linked in mountain areas. Thus from ICIMOD’s perspective the most relevant topics are those associated with adaptation and carbon finance issues and mechanisms. Therefore, major highlights of the ICIMOD activities will include an ICIMOD coordinated session on mountains, water, and adaptation on 11th December at the IIED Development and Climate Days, a short speech by Dr Schild at the High-level Roundtable Ministerial session on 15th December, and organisation of a joint ICIMOD-CICERO parallel event on 16th December where the guest speakers are expected to include the honourable Prime Minister of Nepal as the Chief Guest together with Ministers from our major member countries. ICIMOD will also participate in the Summiteers’ Summit to Save the Himalayas event, which is supported by the Government of Nepal, among others through a display of the mobile version of our Himalayas – Changing Landscapes exhibition.

ICIMOD has prepared a package of information and knowledge products to support the ICIMOD team at Copenhagen and to share information on adaptation, carbon finance, and related topics with the wider global community. The following list summarises the major events to which ICIMOD staff will be contributing as well as the products prepared in support, each with a link for easy access and downloading. We hope that these information resources will be useful. 

ICIMOD Participation (Major Events)

( ‘Speaker’ refers to the contribution from ICIMOD, generally there are other speakers and other ICIMOD participants. Relevant publications and their links are shown in the boxes.)

  1. ICIMOD Information Booth, 7-18 December 2009
  2. REDD and Community Carbon Forestry: Kyoto Workshop
  3. NORAD REDD Pilot in Nepal Himalaya
  4. Summiteers' Summit to Save the Himalayas/International Mountain Day
  5. Development and Climate Days, IIED
  6. Round Table at Development Days: The role of the private sector in adaptation and mitigation
  7. Liechtenstein side event: Mountains of the World
  8. Advisory Committee Mountain Partnership
  9. The Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  10. Mountain Forum Meeting
  11. Forest Day 3
  12. UNEP, UNFCCC, and WMO High-level Roundtable: Meeting the needs for information and knowledge for climate change response
  13. Norway side event, State-of-the-Art-Report: Melting Ice
  14. ICIMOD and CICERO Event
  15. ICRAF Side Event

1. ICIMOD Information Booth, 7-18 December 2009

ICIMOD will showcase its work via its publications, posters, CDs and so on from Monday 7 till Friday 18 December 2009 at the Bella Centre. The overall coordinator is Dr Bhaskar S. Karky, Research Fellow, ICIMOD, who will be assisted by Vijay Khadgi and other colleagues and volunteers. Among others, a DVD has been prepared for distribution with a compilation of ICIMOD publications related to climate change.

Water Storage ICIMOD Periodical 56

Hindu Kush-Himalayan glaciers: Frequently asked questions (2009)

The Changing Himalayas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas (2009)

Climate change in the Hindu Kush – Himalayan region (DVD)
Selected ICIMOD publications on impacts, adaptation, and others from 1986 to 2009

2. REDD and Community Carbon Forestry: Kyoto Workshop

ICIMOD Speaker:  Dr Bhaskar S. Karky, Research Fellow
Venue:  Clarion Hotel,Copenhagen
Date:     Monday, 7 December 2009
Time:     1.00 – 6.00 pm

Session title:  Kyoto project Workshop

Brief:  This is a presentation on the research findings of the Kyoto project in which ICIMOD is a partner. The event is being organised in collaboration with University of Twente, ITC, CHEA, NTNC, ENDA, and SU. The ICIMOD project is sponsoring Sr. Forest Officials from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and India, among others to learn the outcomes of the KTGAL, build capacity on REDD and attend COP 15.

3. NORAD REDD Pilot in Nepal Himalaya

ICIMOD Speaker:  Dr Bhaskar S. Karky, Research Fellow
Venue:  Mah Hall, Bella Center
Date:    Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Time:    6.15 – 7.45 pm

Session:  REDD and Sustainability of Environment in the developing countries

Brief:   Make a presentation on the piloting of Norad REDD in Nepal by ICIMOD in partnership with FECOFUN and ANSAB. Will highlight CFM as an adaptation and mitigation strategy in the HKH.

4. Summiteers' Summit to Save the Himalayas/International Mountain Day

ICIMOD Speaker:  Dr Andreas Schild, Director General
Venue:  Parliament Square, Christianborg Slotsplads
Date:   Friday, 11 December 2009
Time:  11.30 am – 2.30 pm

Photo Exhibition, Himalaya-Changing Landscapes

ICIMOD Presenter:  Dr. Bhaskar Singh Karky
Time:  11.00 - 11:30 am

Brief: The ‘Summiteers Summit to Save the Himalayas’ is an awareness raising programme to draw the attention of the world leaders and the global community gathered at the UNFCCC Conference towards the perils of climate change in the Himalayas. A 27 member strong team of summiteers with several records from Nepal will be led to this event by mountaineering icon Appa Sherpa. Read more www.savehimalayas.org. This event is being organised by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MOFSC), NTNC, WWF, ICIMOD, and Nepali Embassy in Denmark.
ICIMOD is supporting the event with the mobile version of the Himalaya - Changing Landscapes and posters of the ‘Climate Change: Voices of Khumbu’s Children’ interschool art and letter writing competitions. An ICIMOD expert will make a scientific presentation to the Summiteers; all members of the ICIMOD delegation will participate in the March on 11 December.


10.00 – 10.15 am

Gathering of participants at Parliament Square

10.15 – 11.00 am

March from the Parliament Square- Holmes Kanal- Kongens Nytorv and back to Christianborg by mountaineering icons, Himalayan lovers, and all the participants

11.00 – 11.30 am

Photo Exhibition, Himalaya-Changing Landscapes

11.30 – 1.30 am

Speeches and cultural performance

Himalaya- Changing Landscapes photo exhibition

Himalaya- Changing Landscapes photo exhibition 3 Posters on the children’s art competition (Voices of Khumbu’s Children)

3 Posters on the children’s letter writing competition (Voices of Khumbu’s Children)

Global Warming poster by Pasang Sherpa

ICIMOD General Poster

Mountains and Climate Change, Impacts of climate change on Ecosystem Services in the Hindu Kush- Himalayas (poster)

5. Development and Climate Days, IIED

ICIMOD Speakers:  Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, Julie Dekens, Dr Mats Eriksson, Senior Water Specialist
Venue:   Konserthuset, DR Byen, Emil Holms Kanal 20, Kobenhavn
Date:      Friday, 11 December 2009
Time: 1.30 – 3.00 pm

Session:  Session 3, Mountains, water and adaptation - living with too much and too little water

Brief:   Session coordinated by Mats Eriksson with ICIMOD colleagues and partners present. Release of the synthesis report, ‘Local Responses to Too Much and Too Little Water in the Greater Himalayan Region’ and screening of two documentary films on Climate Change and Adaptation – the result of a three year pilot assessment in the region, coordinated by ICIMOD, with partners from China, India, Pakistan and Nepal. A joint UNEP-ICIMOD press release will be issued on this occasion.

Local Response to Too Much and Too Little Water in the Greater Himalayan Region

Together with CD-Rom containing

In the Grip of Drought, DVD 11.35 min

Living with Floods, DVD 11.55 min

6. GERES side event: Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: Himalaya, urban & rural plains in India and Nepal

ICIMOD Speaker: Dr Robert Zomer, Senior Scientist
Date: Friday, 11 December 2009
Time: 2.45 – 4.15 pm
Venue: Bella Center, Victor Borg Room

Brief: Dr Zomer will present an introduction on ‘Overall Climate Change Scenario in Himalayan regions of Asia' and moderate the session. Session organised by GERES with inputs from ICIMOD, GERES, LNP, Practical Action, ISET, GEAG

7. Liechtenstein side event: Mountains of the World

ICIMOD Participant:  Dr Andreas Schild (tbc)
Date: Saturday, 12 December 2009
Time: 1.00 – 2.30 pm
Venue: Bella Center, Liva Weel

Session:  Addressing Climate Change through sustainable mountain development

Brief:   Organised by Mountain Partnership. Understanding the impact of climate change on mountain regions of the world, raising awareness and political commitment, exploring the potential for adaptation and developing specific strategies, programmes and projects for enhanced understanding and adaptation.

8. Advisory Committee Mountain Partnership

ICIMOD Speaker:   Dr Andreas Schild
Date:    Saturday, 12 December 2009
Venue:   FAO Meeting Room, Bella Center (tbc)
Time:   5.00 – 6.00 pm (tbd)

Brief: Coordination meeting of Advisory Committee MP

9. The Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

ICIMOD Participants: Dr Mats Eriksson, Dr Robert Zomer

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2009
Venue: Kronberg Castle
Time: 2.30 pm

Brief:   Special session to deal with climate change and water: AR4 and IPCC, organized by TERI in partnership with Yale University

10. Mountain Forum Meeting

ICIMOD Participants:   Dr Andreas Schild

Date: Sunday, 13 December 2009  
Venue: FAO Meeting Room, Bella Center
Time: 9.00 – 11.00 am

Brief:  Consolidation of Mountain Partnership/Mountain Forum; Strategy Paper

11. Forest Day 3

ICIMOD Speaker:  Dr Robert Zomer, Environment Change Specialist
Date: Sunday, 13 December 2009
Venue: Radisson Blu, Falconer Hotel
Time: 5.30 pm

Session:    Learning event: landscape approaches to adaptation and mitigation

Brief:  Title: ‘Resilience of mountain communities through regional cooperation frameworks: Ecosystem management in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya and the opportunity for UNFCCC linking mechanisms’ What is ecosystems-based adaptation? How do we implement it? How do we strengthen links between climate change adaptation and mitigation in landscapes? Co hosts of Forest Day 3 are CIFOR, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Government of Denmark. Event co-hosts are World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), World Bank (WB), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

12. UNEP, UNFCCC, and WMO High-level Roundtable: Meeting the needs for information and knowledge for climate change response

ICIMOD Speaker: Dr Andreas Schild, Director General
Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Venue: Bella Centre
Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Topic: Meeting the needs for information and knowledge

Brief:  Event organised by UNEP, UNFCCC, and WMO Build consensus on the increasing needs for information and knowledge services for climate change response; understand the current initiatives and mechanisms for information and knowledge services for climate change response including the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation, the Global Adaptation Network and the Global Framework for Climate Services; and discuss and provide guidance on synergies of these initiatives to present corporate services to governments. ICIMOD is invited to give a 3 min presentation in the technical session on the mountain perspective.

13. Norway side event, State-of-the-Art-Report: Melting Ice

ICIMOD Speaker: Dr Andreas Schild or Dr Mats Eriksson
Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Venue: Bella Centre
Time: 1.00 – 2.30 pm

Session: Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in the HKH

Brief: Side event organised by the Norwegian Polar Institute to do a more in-depth follow up to the side event organized by the Danish and Norwegian government together with Al Gore on Monday 14 Dec, during which two research reports will be released: one focusing on Greenland and one on snow and ice. ICIMOD will give a 10 min presentation on the impact of climate change on snow, ice and water in the HKH.

14. ICIMOD and CICERO Event

Venue: The Bellona Room, Bella Centre
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Time: 11.15 am – 12.45 pm

Session: Facing the Challenges: Climate change adaptation in the greater Himalayas
Brief: Ministerial level speakers will be invited from the countries of the HKH region. They will share how climate change is affecting the mountain regions of their countries and the initiatives being taken by the national government to strengthen and build resilient communities that can adapt to climate change.



Welcome Remarks : Mr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD
Opening Remarks : Mr Pål Prestrud, Director General, CICERO

Guests of honour keynote addresses

Nepal Prime Minister, Mr Madhav Kumar Nepal
India Minister of Environment and Forest, Mr Jairam Ramesh,
Bhutan Minister of Agriculture, Mr Pema Gyamtsho
Pakistan Minister of Environment, Mr Hameedullah Jan Afridi
Norway Minister of Environment and Development, Mr Erik Solheim

Moderated Panel discussion (20 min)

Panel: Honourable Ministers
Moderator: Mr Andreas Schild


Remarks from UNEP : Mr Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson, UNEP
Remarks from UNDP : Mr Nicholas Rosellini, Deputy Regional Dir. Asia Pacific, UNDP

Closing Remarks : Mr Pål Prestrud, CICERO

PRESS BRIEFING: Wednesday 16 December, 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Facing the Challenges: Climate change adaptation in the greater Himalayas (flyer)

Facing the Challenges: Climate change adaptation in the greater Himalayas (mini flyer)

15. ICRAF Side Event

ICIMOD Speaker: Dr Robert Zomer, Environment Change Specialist
Venue: Bella Center
Date: Thursday, 17 December 2009
Time: 4.00 pm

Session: Strategies for a staged full inclusion of terrestrial carbon

Brief: ICIMOD will highlight the findings of the report, ‘Potential for Carbon Finance in the Landuse Sector in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region, a Preliminary Scoping Study’ In this session The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Terrestrial Carbon Group will present progress and strategies for resolving scientific, institutional and economic challenges to a staged full inclusion of terrestrial carbon in accounting for GHG mitigation, starting with forest emissions and sequestration.

Potential for carbon finance in the land use sector within the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region of Asia (flyer)

Potential for carbon finance in the land use sector in the HKH region, a preliminary scoping study

16. Two events organized by Gender and Climate Change /Global Gender & Climate Alliance (GGCA)

Development and Climate Days:Justice, Ethics and Humanitarian
 Saturday, 12 December
Time: 9.00 – 10.30am
Session: Gender and Equality

Event:Social Consequences of Climate Change
 Tuesday, 15 December
Time: 1.00 – 2.30pm

ICIMOD organised an e-discussion, ‘Climate Change and Gender’ from 5-25 October 2009.  A synthesis report entitled ‘Gender and Climate Change’ has been published and will be shared at this event that is being organised by the Global Gender & Climate Alliance (GGCA).