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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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