The Republic of India is a founding member of ICIMOD, along with seven other member states. India has been a partner of ICIMOD since its inception and has been helping to meet its major objectives of poverty alleviation and environmental conservation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. India contributes core support to ICIMOD, with the Ministry of Forest and Environment as the nodal ministry for ICIMOD in India. The GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, serves as the lead institution for the facilitation and coordination of ICIMOD’s activities in India. The incumbent Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Environment formally represents India on the ICIMOD Board of Governors. India and ICIMOD have been working in the area of capacity building, institutional strengthening, internships, research and demonstration, and regional and international workshops and conferences, among other activities. ICIMOD`s partner institutions in India include government agencies, development agencies, academic and research institutions, universities, NGOs and private sector.

Country Nodal Agency

Focal Institute

Country Focal Point

Regional Programmes engaged  in India

Regional Programme 1: Adaptation and Resilience Building

Enhance resilience of women and men of the HKH to socioeconomic and environmental changes, including climate change.

Regional Programme 2: Transboundary Landscapes
Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources (biodiversity, rangelands, farming systems, forests, wetlands and watersheds) in landscapes defined by ecosystems rather than administrative boundaries

Regional Programme 3: River Basins and Cryosphere

Economic and social benefits derived from water resources in an equitable manner while conserving and, where necessary, restoring freshwater ecosystems; Regional cryosphere knowledge hub to collate and share knowledge of partners working in the region, and to build capacity to study the cryosphere.

Regional Programme 4: Atmosphere

Use science-based knowledge on air quality, atmospheric processes and climate to shape policies and actions leading to air pollution mitigation for improved environment and human health.

Regional Programme 5: Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS)

Enable use of information and knowledge for policies and practices through support from a regional information system in the HKH region.

Partners in India

Strategic and Policy Partner

Partners in this category support development and formulation of mountain-state development strategies, policies and legislation. These key partners include focal ministries, national and regional organisations, and global partners.

    1. Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change - Nodal Agency
    2. Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) 
    3. GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED)
    4. National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR)/ Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
    5. Reuters Market Light (RML)
    Implementation Partner

    Partners in this category include operational partners and research partners. They support regional programme implementation either individually in the RMCs or through the consortium of partners, usually formalized through a LoA with financial obligations.

    1. Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM)
    2. A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS)
    4. Birla Institute of Technology (BIT)
    5. Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA)
    6. Centre for Ecology Development & Research
    7. DHI (India) Water and Environment Pvt Ltd
    8. GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED)
    9. Greentech Knowledge Solutions (GKS)
    10. Indian Council of Agriculture Research- Research Complex for Eastern Region
    11. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT)
    12. Institute for Himalayan Environment Research and Education (INHERE)
    13. Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Enclave (IEG)
    14. Institute of Integrated Resource Management (IIRM)
    15. Megh Pyne Abhiyan
    16. National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
    17. South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE)
    18. Swayam Shikshan Prayog
    19. The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)
    20. The Mountain Institute (TMI)
    21. The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society 
    22. Wildlife Institute of India (WII)

    Knowledge Partners and Network

    Partners in this category include universities and academic institutions; regional and global network organisations; science partners and thematic networks; institutions engaged in advocacy, outreach, knowledge sharing and exchange and dissemination including media organisations and publication houses. 

    1. Aajeevika
    2. Appropriate Technologies
    3. Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)
    4. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
    5. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University
    6. Dibrugarh University 
    7. Divecha Center for Climate Change Indian Institution of Science, Greentech Knowledge Solution (GKSPL) 
    8. Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry
    9. Forest Research Institute
    10. Foundation of Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) 
    11. Greentech Knowledge Solutions (GKS)
    12. Himachal Pradesh Forest Department
    13. Himalayan Action Research Center (HARC)
    14. HNB Garhwal University
    15. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
    16. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)
    17. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
    18. Indian Space Research organization, Bangalore
    19. Jawaharlal Neharu University
    20. Meghalaya Basin Development Authority
    21. Meghalaya Livelihoods Improvement Project
    22. National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF)
    23. National Institute of Administrative Research, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie
    24. National Institute of Hydrology
    25. National Remote Sensing Centre
    26. Reuters Market Light, Mumbai
    27. Shoolini University
    28. Sikkim University
    29. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
    30. Uttarakhand Livelihood Improvement Project
    31. Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board
    32. Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG)