About the Forum


Despite decades of research on mountain development and the cryosphere, knowledge building and its applications have often followed independent, if parallel, tracks. It has become increasingly apparent that an alternative framework may be needed that acknowledges the plurality, interactivity, intersectionality, and co-production in the cryosphere and of the communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). 

Accordingly, ICIMOD and its partners: Kathmandu University, and the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences are organizing an international forum on the relationship between the cryosphere and society, a first-of-its-kind platform focusing on the emerging area of cryosphere contributions. While the concept of cryosphere contributions is a comparatively new lens through which to view the cryosphere and its intersection with humanity, this forum will explore its relevance in the HKH region and potential for building a bridge between science and society.

This forum seeks to bring together regional and international experts and stakeholders to discuss the latest research in this rapidly evolving field, clarifying and developing the “Voice of the HKH”.


In this forum, we intend to build on the key findings and recommendations of the Cryosphere Chapter of the 2019 Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, addressing how they are related to the cryosphere's contributions and their sustainability in the HKH region. Consequently, we aim to establish a better understanding of the framework of cryosphere services that provide a link between the cryosphere and people in the high mountain communities and downstream. We invite key scientists from the region, the international scientific community, different user groups and decision makers to come together and establish a dialogue about the cryosphere and its role.

This international forum will facilitate discussions on the emerging and evolving topic of cryosphere contributions, what it means in the HKH context, what research is developing in the space, and pathways towards increasing the resilience of HKH communities.