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The stories in this annual report provide a summary of our accomplishments over the last year. They showcase key aspects of our work on multiple fronts – from working with communities, engaging policymakers, facilitating regional cooperation, promoting gender and social inclusion, and generating new knowledge and building capacity – to create positive change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya.
ICIMOD will actively participate in Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) CoP15 virtually as well as face-to-face in Kunming, China. We are engaged in various activities in the lead-up to CBD CoP15, including the preparation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Urgent steps are required to sustain mountain environments and improve livelihoods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world as we know it and laid bare the vulnerabilities of mountain communities already impacted by climate change.
For mountains and people
Among the world’s most important global resources, the HKH—Hindu Kush Himalaya—sits at the peak. Vast oceans have long been considered the heart of this planet, and the Amazon has often been described as the lungs. The HKH? This is the pulse of the planet, and we are here to protect it.
Our activities range greatly from hands-on research and piloting of solutions, to policy implementation with governments, to mountain advocacy on the global stage. What unites everything we do, is a core focus around these fundamentally important defining objectives.
For centuries, millions of people have lived among the awe-inspiring mountains, peaks and valleys of the HKH. From farmers to fishermen, climate change is wreaking havoc on their lifestyles and livelihoods, threatening communities and their ability to survive.
From animals and plant species you won't find anywhere else in the world, to ice caps and glaciers that store water for close to 2 billion people, the biodiversity and natural resources of the HKH are in greater jeopardy than ever before, and their loss will be felt across the globe.
The HKH spans countries and comprises a rich, diverse tapestry of colors, textures and cultures. The HKH is a microcosm of the world, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
News and features
We organize our work in Regional Programmes, which build on ICIMOD's deep history of engagement and are formulated to deliver strategic results, to promote transboundary cooperation, to meet capacity building needs in the region, and to support long-term testing, piloting, and monitoring of innovative approaches.
Communities across the HKH are adapting to climate change impacts and are building their resilience to environmental and socio-economic shocks.
Conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources cannot be effectively achieved without considering landscapes defined by ecosystems.
Water is an essential element for life on our planet and its flows are connected upstream and downstream and across geographies.
The HKH receives significant amounts of air pollution from within and outside of the region. This has major impacts, affecting the health of people and ecosystems, the climate, cryosphere, monsoon patterns, and agriculture.
Complex geographies within the HKH benefit from leveraging the power of Earth observation and geo-spatial technologies.
Individuals and institutions amplify effectiveness when they are connected through networks, sharing knowledge and taking action together.
Research and data
Knowledge is the first step towards innovation and impact. We work relentlessly to understand problems by facilitating research and producing data.
All of ICIMOD’s published datasets are available for download after simple registration and acceptance of the data use agreement.
A vast array of Open Access resources in the HIMALDoc digital repository focus on sustainable mountain development in the HKH.
We are an intergovernmental institution set up by our eight RMCs, whose governments support us and provide us strategic guidance.
The problems facing the mountains and people of the HKH aren’t solved with brilliant theories alone. They are solved by having a hands-on understanding of the challenges of the region, and a truly holistic approach that places as much emphasis on implementation as it does on understanding.
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We embrace diversity
ICIMOD is seeking passionate and dedicated team members at every level to share in our global mission.
From general inquiries about our work to specific feedback on our impact, we want to hear from you.