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Bihar is India’s poorest state, and also the most flood-prone, with 73 per cent of its area routinely flooded by rivers from the Himalayas. Floods impact over three-quarters of the people of North Bihar.

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The impact of ICIMOD’s work in 2015 is visible in its ability to work with its member countries to respond to the urgent needs of mountain communities, from investigating a glacial lake outburst flood in Bhutan to quickly responding to the

The impact of ICIMOD’s work in 2015 is visible in its ability to work with its member countries to respond to the urgent needs of mountain communities, from investigating a glacial lake outburst flood in Bhutan to quickly responding to the


Two transboundary initiatives in the eastern Himalayas moved ahead in 2015 with milestones that included pilot projects and the endorsement and implementation of regional cooperation frameworks (RCFs).

When parasitic mushroom spores infect the larvae of ghost moths living in Himalayan soil, a thin fingerlike fungus bursts from the head of the dead caterpillar and sets off an annual gold rush in mountain communities.

Around 15 per cent of the world’s estimated 105 million labour migrants come from Himalayan countries, where their earnings contribute so strongly to the economy that in Nepal alone remittances make up a quarter of GDP.

The success of efforts to protect transboundary ecosystems relies in part on building bridges of friendship and cooperation between neighbouring countries and people. Building those connections within the Karakoram-Pamir Landscape was the goal of a

When water levels rise in flood-prone rivers, villagers are increasingly able to react quickly enough to save lives and livelihoods – whether they live in Assam, India, or the Koshi River basin of Nepal, or, in the latest upscaling of a successful

Yak are integral to the culture and livelihoods of the high Himalayas, but border closures and restrictions have altered the traditions of nomadic pastoralists and closed the road to genetic exchange, while negative impacts are magnified by changing

Mountains offer ideal conditions for hydropower, but uneven distribution of benefits can lead to friction between communities and project developers. ICIMOD set out to learn what works and doesn’t work by undertaking the first comprehensive

The SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Programme has spurred innovative ways to help decision makers do everything, from expanding banana production to monitoring forest biomass from the sky.

Decision makers and researchers who need information on agriculture can now find data at their fingertips using the Digital Agriculture Atlas of Nepal, an easy-to-access one-stop source on cereals, cash crops, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and

It’s often thought that migration remittances can boost a community’s resilience to disaster. But would that prove to be the case after the 2015 earthquake, or would the lack of youth to help with rescue and reconstruction mean that, in

If energy and water are subsidized to boost crop production, could it lead to more and cheaper food but a shrinking, degraded water supply? Growing crops for biofuels might promise more abundant, cleaner energy, but what happens to food security

A field team was soon on its way, an example of the quick response to the needs of its regional member countries that ICIMOD is poised to provide. The scientific team, put together by the SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative and Cryosphere Monitoring

A special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development was devoted in 2015 to sharing the research of ICIMOD experts on a range of Himalayan water-related challenges from the status of glaciers to socioeconomic and policy

A vast amount of data about the Koshi River Basin is now at your fingertips, even in the field from a mobile phone. It has long been a challenge for users working on transboundary issues to find reliable data that doesn’t stop at borders, which