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Strengthening mountain livelihood opportunities

On 9 December, ICIMOD observed International Mountain Day 2016 at its headquarters, focusing on the need to retain and employ cultural knowledge in Mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

ICIMOD is a regional learning and knowledge sharing centre of the Hindu Kush Himalayas searving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – based in Kathmandu.

The Himalayan University Consortium: Building Knowledge and Capacity for Mountains

many, mountains evoke powerful emotions with their breathtaking landscapes that inspire wonder. mountains cover nearly 27% of the world’s land surface and directly support 22% of the world’s people. They serve as water towers to the world,

ICIMOD is a regional learning and knowledge sharing centre of the Hindu Kush Himalayas searving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – based in Kathmandu.

connected. So are natural resources and human livelihoods. Improving the management of water resources in the Hindu Kush Himalayas means recognizing those connections and building them into policy making and development

ICIMOD is a regional learning and knowledge sharing centre of the Hindu Kush Himalayas searving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – based in Kathmandu.

Nepal harbours abundant biodiversity. Diversity exists largely due to the unique climatic conditions and geography in the Himalayan range. Indigenous cultures and skills have played a complementary role in the management and preservation of these

Policy analysis

Mountain Environment and Natural Resources Information System (MENRIS)

Private sector engagement

of Parliament from India’s mountain states and Bangladesh to discuss transboundary cooperation. Representatives from European and Southeast Asian countries also

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is one of the most dynamic, diverse, and complex mountain systems in the world, providing fresh water resources to more than 210 million people in the mountains and 1.3 billion people downstream.


in them who share common resources and related issues. Water resources assessment tools are needed to promote meaningful

Water resources assessment and monitoring

Economic valuation of ecosystem services


International Mountain Day 2015 provides an occasion to highlight how Mountain communities are protecting biodiversity by producing a large variety of typical products and providing crucial goods and services to all of us.