HICAP workshop on assessing drivers of ecosystem change


ICIMOD organized a consultative workshop on assessing drivers of ecosystem change in the Himalayan Climate Adaptation Programme’s (HICAP) selected river basins 28–29 June 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the one-and-a-half day workshop, key drivers of ecosystem change were identified. A framework for assessing ecosystem services and their drivers of change and an implementation plan were also developed. These will be key in planning the activities of HICAP’s ecosystem services component. 

Twenty-five participants, including representatives from national development partners and ICIMOD, discussed possible ecosystem change scenarios in parts of the Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Indus river basins. Participants emphasized the need to understand ecosystem stresses, caused by both climatic and non-climatic factors, that lead to changes in the availability of ecosystem goods and services to communities in the region. They also suggested focusing on gaps in the understanding of ecosystem stresses at the sub-basin level for future interventions. In the future, coordinated initiatives to address challenges can be designed by leveraging available knowledge on ecosystem change patterns in the region.