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COVID-19 impact and policy responses in the HKH

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in the HKH and compounded the vulnerabilities of mountain communities already impacted by climate change. However, it also presents an opportunity for concrete actions toward the transformation necessary for a more resilient and inclusive HKH. In this comprehensive policy paper, we assess the impacts of the pandemic, the risks and vulnerabilities, and provide policy responses and actions required for countries and more robust regional and international cooperation for the mountains.

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Crisis-related articles

ICIMOD’s work and the COVID-19 crisis

I feel fortunate that ICIMOD colleagues have the opportunity to work at home, and to safely work during this COVID-19 crisis. We also appreciate the many actions of our regional...

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Bouncing back from COVID-19 by promoting green enterprise in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Developing green enterprise that can align social and economic goals...

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Training local workers for sustainable post-pandemic recovery of the brick sector in Nepal

All across the world vulnerable workers have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rethinking monitoring and evaluation practices: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

The world is reeling under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected life in...

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COVID-19 and gender inequality in Pakistan

The uneven impact of COVID-19 has exposed entrenched gender and other inequalities in Pakistan.

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Coping with crisis: Home-based workers adapt during the lockdown

For a country like Nepal, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – particularly the lockdown implemented to contain it – have been harsh.

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How healthy and biodiverse ecosystems safeguard us against zoonotic diseases

In the last century, three-quarters of land and two-thirds of the ocean have been changed...

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Migration and climate change in South Asia: What happens when spatial diversification of livelihoods is not an option anymore?

Migration has long existed in South Asia.

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Addressing Covid-19 social and environmental impacts in the HKH

We remain very concerned about the impacts of COVID-19 in our HKH region. While the situation is mixed in our ICIMOD countries...

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The urban poor and the COVID-19 pandemic in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Urbanization – a global trend – has rapidly increased in South Asia in the last decade. The region is home to the world’s most populous...

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Air pollution under lockdown in the HKH

The lockdowns across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region have resulted in perceptible improvements in air quality and visibility...

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Monitoring air quality from space during the COVID-19 pandemic

With transportation heavily restricted and industries largely shut down because of the COVID–19 pandemic...

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Is Nepal prepared to deal with floods in light of COVID-19?

With the monsoon each year in South Asia comes the danger of floods. Communities in the Himalayan foothills...

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Our solutions are in nature

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.” – Edward Osborne Wilson

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Preparing for double trouble: Monsoon floods during the pandemic

The Terai region of Nepal is reporting new cases of COVID-19 with each passing day, and the local government and community...

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The pandemic must bring us together

It is clear that the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are very high for the people of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). As this crisis unfolds, it might seem difficult...

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From disruption to resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world as we know it and laid bare the vulnerabilities of mountain communities already impacted...

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Will a hunger pandemic follow in the mountains?

In mid-March, as governments scrambled to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, banning flights, halting surface transport...

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Impacts of COVID-19 could heighten gender inequalities in the HKH: unless responses focus on women

Disasters and public health emergencies oftentimes compound gender inequalities in societies.

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Putting the environment above profits

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Nepal’s economy hard. By all indications, the lockdown will have profound long-term impacts that are difficult to fully determine now.

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Food and livelihood insecurity during a pandemic

As the services sector is bound to face a long and hard journey to a revival, the agro sector will be all the more important.

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Himalayan women left more vulnerable amid pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis highlights the long-term neglect of women and marginalised groups in water policies in South Asia.

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Build diverse food systems for post-COVID-19 world

The world’s 7.6 billion residents are facing an unmitigated and unprecedented fight against a global public health emergency.

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