Our key messages at COP15

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is a bastion of biodiversity, teeming with extraordinary life and interconnectedness across boundaries. More than 85% of rural communities in the HKH directly depend on biodiversity for their subsistence. However, exploitation and degradation are rampant in the HKH region, and climate change is aggravating matters. Vital links between species and ecosystems are being altered or severed.

To check the rapid decline of biodiversity in the fragile Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, we need a collective voice to conserve our HKH mountains and biodiversity. ICIMOD is putting forward three key messages at CBD COP15:

Mountain ecosystems matter

As critical HKH ecosystems are transboundary in nature and facing increasing degradation, it is essential to translate conservation and development challenges into sustainable development opportunities. This is possible through systematic research and monitoring, climate-proofing in conservation planning, and regional cooperation to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Invest in and incentivise restoration

Interventions for the restoration of fragile mountain ecosystems such as rangelands, wetlands, agroecosystems, and forested ecosystems are urgently required. We need to identify critical ecosystems and restore them using traditional knowledge and community participation, preferably using an incentive-based mechanism to ensure sustainability.

Resilience through nature-based solutions

Adopting nature-based solutions to restore ecosystems can help local communities and economies build resilience to future shocks and deal with a range of environmental issues. We need strong policy support and investments in innovation and technology to halt biodiversity loss and enhance ecosystem and livelihood resilience in mountain regions.

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Compendium of case studies and good practices on protected areas and other effective area based conservation measures from the South Asia sub-region

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Proceedings of the regional policy dialogue on Aichi Target 11 and beyond: Roadmap for the South Asia sub-region

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