This programme encompasses long-term monitoring, database development, and uptake of knowledge for the region. The system will include information on the cryosphere, meteorological and hydrological parameters, air pollution, ecological and climate change, status and change of land use and land cover, biodiversity (including threats to biodiversity), floods and natural disasters, and socioeconomic changes, generated by remote sensing, spatial analysis, and field work. The system will use the concept of trans-Himalayan transects to help address the information gaps across the region, working with partners; the transects represent most of the geographical, ecological, and socio-cultural dimensions of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in terms of altitude, latitude, and longitude, with each transect including most of the ecoregions from dry to wet, the complete range of farming systems, cryosphere areas, wetlands, areas at risk of glacial lake outburst floods, and biodiversity-rich areas.
ICIMOD will work with partners to employ the information at community, national, regional, and global levels. Key outcomes will include a significantly improved knowledge base and the use of the information and knowledge by partners in the regional member countries and global communities.
Goal: Policies and programmes related to mountain livelihoods and ecosystems effectively implemented through support from a regional information system in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
Outcome: Strengthened information networking and regional capability, facilitating adoption of evidence-based mountain development policies and practices by the regional member countries.