Areas included in the HKH region

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 24 districts (out of 32) of Balochistan province (excluded districts are Kachhi, Gwadar, Jafarabad, Jhal Magsi, Lasbela & Sohbatpur), Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan & Federally administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Highest peak

K2: 8,611 m

Country Nodal Agency

Ministry of National Food Security and Research

Programme contact

Faisal Mueen Qamer arrow

Intervention Manager, Country focal point

A partner since inception

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Pakistan contributes core support to ICIMOD with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research as nodal ministry for ICIMOD in Pakistan.

The incumbent Secretary of Ministry of National Food Security and Research formally represents in the ICIMOD Board of Governors. Pakistan and ICIMOD have been working together for the mountain agenda in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region with policy-makers, experts, planners, and practitioners.  ICIMOD provides support to Pakistan in terms of capacity building, strengthening institutional capacity, research and demonstrations and providing regional and international platforms through workshops, conferences and symposia to share knowledge.

Together with Pakistan, ICIMOD has been emphasing the importance of enhancing and strengthening partnerships to develop and customize methodologies and tools and also to carry out innovative applied research to support future programme development. ICIMOD’s partner institutes in Pakistan include government agencies, academies, local research institutions, universities, and NGOs.

Regional Programmes engaged in Pakistan

Knowledge into action

The Regional Programmes are formulated with a view to long-term testing, piloting, and monitoring of innovative approaches; promoting transboundary cooperation, meeting capacity building needs in the region and delivering strategic results.

Adaptation and Resilience Building

From farmers to fishermen, climate change is wreaking havoc on lifestyles and livelihoods, threatening the HKH communities and their ability

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Transboundary Landscapes

Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources (biodiversity, rangelands, farming systems, forests, wetlands and watersheds) in landscapes defined by ecosystems rather than administrative boundaries.

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River Basins and Cryosphere

Economic and social benefits derived from water resources in an equitable manner while conserving and, where necessary, restoring freshwater ecosystems; Regional cryosphere knowledge hub to collate and share knowledge of partners.

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Use science-based knowledge on air quality, atmospheric processes and climate to shape policies and actions leading to air pollution mitigation for improved environment and human health.

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Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS)

Enable use of information and knowledge for policies and practices through support from a regional information system in the HKH region.

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Pakistan-ICIMOD Day

The 45th ICIMOD Board of Governors meeting was held in Islamabad in 2014. Coinciding with the Board meeting, the Pakistan-ICIMOD Day was organised in close cooperation and support from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Government of Pakistan.  The date was chosen to coincide with ICIMOD’s 45th Board of Governors meeting, so that its Board of Governors could have a chance to see firsthand the work that it is conducting in Pakistan and also to give them a chance to interact with the partners.

The key objective of the event was to provide an opportunity for mutual learning, sharing, and networking among the national partners in Pakistan with regard to ICIMOD programme implementation.

The event also helped to showcase the work done by ICIMOD’s partners in Pakistan for increased ownership and visibility and to help develop greater synergy with national programs. The target audience included ICIMOD’s partner organizations in Pakistan who are either already involved in helping to implement its programmes and share knowledge and experience and/or those who are potential partners for future endeavours; these include: government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic and research organizations, community-based organizations, development organization, network and media partners in implementing its programmes and sharing knowledge and experience in fields of mutual interest. Overall, the Pakistan-ICIMOD day was important to strengthen ICIMOD’s engagement and enhance partnerships which will mobilize support for sustainable development challenges and regional cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.


DG's message in Urdu language

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Featured Publication

Water availability, consumption and sufficiency in Himalayan towns: a case of Murree and Havellian towns from Indus River Basin, Pakistan

This study attempts to analyse the status of water availability, consumption and sufficiency in two Himalayan towns – Murree and Havellian from Pakistan’s Indus Basin, using the primary data collected from 350 households, 26 town level focus groups and key informants.

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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

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