The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) Regional review and planning workshop sets the stage for Implementation Phase till 2016


lClMOD, concluded a three day workshop between 27 February – 1 March 2013  on Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI). The workshop was held in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; and Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal, with support from Department for International Development (DFID) – UKaid and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). The workshop was initiated by the Chief Guest Dr. K. C. Paudel, Forest Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal, who in his opening remarks highlighted the need for such an initiative in order to combat challenges of increasing human population, changing human behaviour, poverty, globalization, climate change and increasing stress on the environment and commended ICIMOD, partners and donors putting in such efforts. The workshop’s aim was to review the current country implementation plans for 2013, prepare the implementation plan and M&E plan till 2016, review and strengthen the institutional mechanism for implementation, and conduct team building exercise amongst country partners for coherent regional cooperation. The workshop was preceded by the First Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of KSLCDI consisting of representatives from DFID-UKaid, GIZ, PSC Members (China, India, Nepal) and ICIMOD. PSC representatives discussed the composition and the governance of PSC and its roles in steering the KSLCDI. 

During the workshop participants from China, India and Nepal discussed, finalized and presented their country implementation plans with regional focus, Monitoring & Evaluation  plan and endorsed an improved impact pathway and  logframe. Apart from this, lessons and experiences of other transboundary landscapes in Alpine regions; comparative analysis of sacred and cultural values of the Kailash Sacred Landscape with other such landscapes; initial findings of value chains from Kailash region of India and Nepal, and experiences of Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environment (GLORIA) initiative to monitor climate change impacts in the Kailash region, were shared by renowned invited experts from various institutions.