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The Arctic and Hindu Kush Himalayan regions face similar environmental threats: climate change, increasing pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Several significant sources of pollution and contributors to climate change in both regions are placed in the vicinity of the Himalaya. Policy actions in the Himalaya will benefit the Arctic, the HKH, and the rest of the world, and vice versa.


Arbeidskontoret 1, Clarion Hotel the Edge, Tromsø, Norway

Date & Time

29 January 2020 to 30 January 2020

Arctic Frontiers side event

To this end, the event ‘Arctic-Himalaya Futures: Improving Scientific and Political Coordination and Cooperation’ will facilitate dialogue to effectively guide climate policy into the future.

The first session will seek to establish a baseline detailing the current situation and establishing collaborative linkages and interdependencies between the Arctic and the HKH. It will also explore how to enhance these inter-linkages, helping to ensure that science effectively guides all future policies.

The second session will be interactive, exploring ways in which complex pathways informed by scientific findings can strengthen recommendations and political decisions at various levels to create effective avenues for inter-regional communication and coordination at levels unprecedented in the past. Participants will engage in discussions to create a long-term framework to address any shortfalls and take into account emerging areas of cooperation for mutual benefits.

The event is expected to help establish cooperation mechanisms that will include key stakeholders representing both the Arctic and Himalayan regions. One such mechanism could be a working group that facilitates science–policy dialogues and a reciprocal sharing of inputs to solidify, refine, and cumulate the knowledge exchanged into products and platforms that are accessible and comprehensible, and useful for policy makers in both regions.

The event is to be hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, and GRID-Arendal.

Event link: Artic Frontiers

Photo by Marry K. Waal SandståNorwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research
Lone polar bear in Svalbard searching for food. Photo: Marry K. Waal Sandstå, NVP (Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research)
Photo by: Narayan Maharjan/Nepal
The struggle to subsist in the Himalayan region: Mules that transport cooking gas to a difficult-to-access lodge in Larke Pass, a popular trekking destination in Lamjung, Nepal. Photo by: Narayan Maharjan









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