Areas included in the HKH region

All provinces except the provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Farah, and Herat

Highest peak

Nowshāk : 7,482 m

Country Nodal Agency

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

Birendra Bajracharya
Programme contact

Birendra Bajracharya arrow

Country Focal Person Programme Coordinator - SERVIR

Founding member government

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Afghanistan contributes core support to ICIMOD, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) as the designated nodal agency

The incumbent Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock MAIL formally represents in the ICIMOD Board of Governors. Afghanistan and ICIMOD have been working in the area of capacity building, institutional strengthening, internships, research and demonstration, and regional and international workshops and conferences, among other activities.

ICIMOD’s partner institutions in Afghanistan include government agencies, development agencies, academic and research institutions, universities, NGOs and private sector. The Afghanistan Country Office opened in February 2007 at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and, in June 2011, was accorded semi-diplomatic status by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Regional Programmes engaged in Afghanistan

Knowledge into action

Our Regional Programmes 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.

Adaptation and Resilience Building

Communities across the HKH are adapting to climate change impacts and are building their resilience to environmental and socio-economic shocks.

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Transboundary Landscapes

Conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources cannot be effectively achieved without considering landscapes defined by ecosystems.

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River Basins and Cryosphere

Water is an essential element for life on our planet and its flows are connected upstream and downstream and across geographies.

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Our lasting impact

The problems facing the people and mountains of the HKH aren’t just solved with brilliant theories. 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.

Leveraging collective power through networks and platforms
Leveraging collective power through networks and platforms
Building a member-led consortium
Building a member-led consortium
HKH High-Level Task Force formed and activities begun
HKH High-Level Task Force formed and activities begun
From strength to strength
From strength to strength

Partners and support

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Events around the HKH

Our involvement