The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a founding member of ICIMOD, along with seven other member states. Pakistan 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. Pakistan contributes to core support to ICIMOD, with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research as the nodal ministry for ICIMOD in Pakistan. The incumbent Secretary of Ministry of National Food Security and Research formally represents in the ICIMOD Board of Governors. Pakistan and ICIMOD has 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 Pakistan include government agencies, development agencies, academic and research institutions, universities, NGOs and private sector. The Pakistan Country Office opened in October 2006 at the request of the nodal ministry (the Ministry of National Food Security and Research) and is hosted by the National Agriculture Research Centre, Islamabad.

Country Nodal Agency

  • Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Islamabad

Country Focal point 

  • Farid Ahmad
    Head Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Activities in Pakistan

  • Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (Himalica)
  • Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) 
  • REDD Initiative   
  • Karakoram-Pamir Landscape Initiative    
  • Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods 
  • Indus Basin Initiative 
  • Atmosphere Initiative 
  • Cryosphere Initiative
  • SERVIR-Himalaya initiative 

Partners in Pakistan

a) Strategic and Policy Partner:

Partners in this category support development and formulation of mountain-specific development strategies, policies and legislation. These key partners include focal ministries, national and regional organisations, and global partners, and the partnerships are usually formalized through a MoU.

  1. Ministry of National Food Security and Research,  Islamabad – Nodal Agency
  2. Aga Khan Rural Support programme (AKRSP), Chitral
  3. National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad
  4. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad
  5. Pakistan National Planning Commission, Islamabad
  6. Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Lahore
  7. Pir Mehr Ali Shah ARID Agriculture University & Consortium of Research and Development Organizations (PMAS-AAUR & CRDO), Rawalpindi
  8. School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad
  9. Sustainable Policy Development Institute, Islamabad
b) 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. Aga Khan Rural Support programme (AKRSP), Chitral
  2. Bio-inspired Simulation & Modeling of Intelligent life laboratory , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
  3. Forest Wildlife and Environment Development, Gilgit-Baltistan
  4. Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad
  5. Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit-Baltistan
  6. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad
  7. Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad
  8. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Islamabad
  9. Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Lahore
  10. Pakistan Wildlife Foundation), Islamabad
  11. Rural Support Programme Network (RSPN), Islamabad
  12. World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Lahore
c) 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. Central Karakoram National Park,Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
  2. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology-, Abbottabad
  3. Ev-K2-CNR, Islamabad
  4. FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance , Gilgit Baltistan
  5. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) , Bio-inspired Simulation and Modeling of Intelligent Life Laboratory (BiSMiL), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
  6. Global Change Impact Studies Centre- GCISC, Islamabad
  7. Government of Gilgit-Baltistan
  8. IUCN Pakistan, Karanchi
  9. Khunjerab National Park (KNP) , Gilgit Baltistan
  10. National Centre of Excellence in Geology (NCEG-P), University of Peshawar, Peshawar
  11. Natural Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Islamabad
  12. NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar
  13. Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Islamabad
  14. Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar
  15. Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Karachi
  16. University of Peshawar, Peshawar
  17. University of Swat, Mingora

Mountain Peaks

The Himalayas with their associated ranges are the world’s highest mountains and home to the planet’s highest peaks. The following table provides some details on the mountains of Myanmar:

Major Mountain Peaks


World Ranking

K-2 (Chagori)

8616 m


Nanga Parbat

8125 m



8068 m


Broad Peak

8065 m



8047 m



7952 m



7925 m


Disteghil Sar

7885 m


Kunyang Kish

7852 m


Masherbrum (NE)

7821 m


Source: http://www.tourism.gov.pk/about_pakistan.html

River Systems

The following table provides some details on the major river systems of Myanmar:

Major River Systems


The Indus

The Indus river is the longest river in Pakistan, originating from the Himalayan region. With a total length of 3,180 kilometres, it is also Pakistan's lifeline. The main tributaries of Indus are Astor River, Balram River, Gilgit River, Kabul River, Tanubal River and the Zanskar River.


River Jhelum is nearly 774 kilometres long and is the tributary of River Chenab. Jhelum originates from the south-eastern part of Kashmir valley and flows through Srinagar before entering Pakistan.


The Chandra and Bhaga rivers in the upper Himalayas join to form the Chenab River. Chenab flows through Jammu and Kashmir.. Chenab River is nearly 960 kilometres long.


River Ravi is nearly 720 kilometres long. It's also called 'The river of Lahore' since the city of Lahore is located at Ravi's eastern bank.


Sutlej flows through the historic crossroad region of Punjab in northern India and Pakistan.. Some 550 kilometres long, Sutlej is also called as the Red River.

Source: http://www.tourism.gov.pk/about_pakistan.html