Inception workshop on Karakoram-Pamir Landscape


The Karakoram-Pamir Landscape (KPL) initiative is a collaborative effort between the governments of China and Pakistan and ICIMOD to enhance cooperation for biodiversity management and sustainable development in the transboundary region of the western Himalayas. This initiative aims to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities while mobilizing them to protect the environment, including Marco Polo sheep and other endangered species. 

Building on a regional consultation in December 2011, this inception workshop aims to develop a framework for long-term programmatic action and to initiate the development of a regional cooperation framework for the KPL. 

Specific objectives include: 

  • Sharing lessons learnt from other landscape approaches in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region;
  • Identifying appropriate steps for developing the KPL;
  • Sharing country-level biodiversity management efforts in the KPL;
  • Providing an opportunity for government officials, technical institutions, and individuals from China and Pakistan involved in conservation and biodiversity management to interact and develop partnerships to further explore the opportunities for collective and sustainable conservation across the KPL;
  • Drafting a long-term programme framework for the development of a transboundary, biodiversity management and climate change adaptation initiative; and
  • Reviewing follow-up actions taken after the 2011 regional consultation. 

Participants at this consultation will work to draft a strategic framework for developing the KPL, which will serve as the basis for future collaboration between ICIMOD, China, and Pakistan.