#MovingMountains

In line with ICIMOD’s new Strategy 2030, the #MovingMountains initiative looks to promote the mountain agenda and ambitious climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). Through this, we aim to:

Asks – Our key messages

We are generating interest around two key messages from the HKH region, which include:

Moving mountains

Shifting the understanding of mountain realities from the periphery towards the centre of global climate and environment discourse

Mountains of opportunity

Investing in mountain-specific climate priorities to limit global warming to 1.5°C

HKH focus days

Mountains, glaciers, and snow

Time (Egypt) Event
10:00–11:30

Cryosphere Pavilion

HKH high-level event

Moving mountains: Prioritising investment needs for a climate-resilient HKH

This event will bring together members of the HKH High-level Task Force and representatives from the HKH countries to highlight the urgency of investments for climate action in the HKH. Participants will work towards a shared understanding of the latest trends, successes, and challenges in climate finance in the region.

Organized by: ICIMOD

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11:30–13:00

Cryosphere Pavilion

Investment for better climate action: Building synergies and partnerships for a resilient HKH

This event aims to address the need for climate and sustainability investments and discuss the current challenges and opportunities around investment in the HKH region. These discussions will support the development of a framework bringing together an alliance of knowledge, development, and investor partners working in and for the HKH.

Organized by: ICIMOD

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13:00–14:30

Cryosphere Pavilion

Cascading impacts: How can we adapt and reduce risk in the mountains and downstream?

Climate change hazards in the mountains have been compounding, with impacts on both local and downstream ecosystems and billions of people worldwide. This event provides an overview of these risks based on the latest IPCC assessment and diverse experiences in responding to them, followed by a discussion on engaging scientific insights and practical knowledge with policy action in the mountains.

Organized by: Adaptation at Altitude

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13:00–14:00

IRENA Pavilion

Renewable energy for enterprise and livelihood resilience in the mountains: Deploying decision-making tools and assessments to facilitate investments

This event will showcase tools that can support decision-making on renewable energy project development and facilitate investment flows from both the public and private sectors. Participants will discuss practical examples and insights from the HKH context which have relevance for similar fragile ecosystems across other regions.

Organized by: ICIMOD and IRENA

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14:30–16:00

Cryosphere Pavilion

Mountains connect: Collaboration and partnerships across mountain ranges

The world’s mountain regions are facing similar challenges in terms of accelerated climate change impacts, and there is a need to shift the understanding of mountain realities from the periphery towards the centre of global climate and environmental discourse. This session aims to share lessons learned around regional and interregional collaboration for sustainable mountain development.

Organized by: ICIMOD, UNEP, Alpine Convention, Carpathain Convention, Andean Mountain Initiative, Adaptation at Altitude

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16:00–17:30

Cryosphere Pavilion

Reducing emissions from the informal sector: Brick kilns in South Asia

This session aims to bring together decision-makers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan to share the achievements in the brick sector across the countries and discuss the future scope for cleaner brick production, building on the strategy policy paper developed on cleaner brick production under the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Organized by: ICIMOD

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17:30–19:00

Cryosphere Pavilion

#MovingMountains: Visual stories from the HKH

Being at the top of the world, changes happen in the HKH region before they happen anywhere else, and the beat of this place vibrates across the globe. The forces of climate change and globalisation are wreaking havoc on this fragile asset, wiping out resources, communities, and cultures that have existed for centuries. This session highlights challenges and opportunities around the impacts of climate change in the HKH region with the screening of short visual stories.

Organized by: ICIMOD

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Time (Egypt) Event
10:00–11:30

Cryosphere Pavilion

Mountains, glaciers, and people: Preventing glacial lake outburst floods in the Third Pole

In the HKH, moraine-dammed glacial lakes are common and numerous glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) events have been traced back to the failure of moraine dams. This session aims to increase collaboration among HKH countries to understand the dynamics, risks, and scale of impact of GLOFs. Participants will also establish a common understanding of GLOF impacts with strengthened cooperation among different multilateral organisations around finance, data, technology, and knowledge sharing.

Organized by: ICIMOD and UNDP

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11:30–13:00

Cryosphere Pavilion

#MovingMountains together: Youth, climate action, and sustainable mountain development

Today’s world is home to the largest generation of young people in history – 1.8 billion – between the ages of 10 and 24 years. Young people aged 13–35 years make up more than one-third of the total population of HKH countries. Yet, youth in the mountains have poor access to knowledge and opportunities. This session will bring together youth leaders from the region and beyond and discuss the need for strengthened youth engagement to produce global ambassadors communicating the need for climate action in and for the mountains.

Organized by: ICIMOD

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14:30–16:00

Cryosphere Pavilion

How can we fund adaptation efforts to address cascading climate risks in the HKH and other mountain regions?

Mountain regions, including those of the HKH, face significant challenges due to climate change and other drivers. The risks resulting from these impacts are cascading and transboundary in nature. This session aims at providing a better understanding of the cascading climate risks and identifying challenges and solutions.

Organized by: ICIMOD and Adaptation Without Borders

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16:00–17:30

Cryosphere Pavilion

Integrated river basin management in the HKH

ICIMOD and the Australian Water Partnership have partnered to strengthen cooperation between Australia and the HKH countries on river basin governance. This session aims to highlight the importance of transboundary river basin management and will also include the screening of a short video on integrated river basin management for water, energy, food, and ecosystem security.

Organized by: ICIMOD and Australian Water Partnership

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Knowledge products

Forestry-related climate targets and measures in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Opportunities and challenges for climate action

We present a synthesis of the commitments from climate-related national documents such as the NDCs and other climate related documents developed by the eight HKH countries.

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Renewable energy for a low-carbon pathway in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Current status, potential, and challenges

This paper presents targets pertaining to renewable energy as put forward by the HKH countries, and the potential of the HKH region to contribute to the national climate targets related to renewable energy.

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HKH2Glasgow: An urgent call for climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The clock is ticking, particularly for the HKH, as it hurtles towards an irreversible climate crisis. The Pulse of the Planet is becoming weaker.

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COVID-19 and green recovery in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The COVID-19 and climate crises are monumental global challenges. But when tackled in tandem through the prism of sustainable and resilient development…

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Climate priorities and action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

In the truest of senses, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is the pulse of the planet. Being on top of the world, changes happen here before they happen anywhere else.

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