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45th Biannual research and training workshop




Kathmandu, Nepal

Date & Time

20 June 2023 to 24 June 2023


About the workshop

As a part of its research capacity and academic leadership development activities, SANDEE is holding its 45th Biannual research and training workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. SANDEE grantees and faculty advisors are expected to attend the workshop, where they will be reviewing the progress of the research under past SANDEE grants and developing an action plan for each project for the next six months. Personalised mentoring is a key component of the workshop, where researchers will have the opportunity to interact with the mentors and peers to improve the quality of their research and develop their research capacity.

Shortlisted researchers, whose proposals have gone through peer review in the past several months, will present to their peers and the SANDEE Faculty Advisors and defend their proposals for SANDEE research grants competition.

The workshop will start with the SANDEE-ICIMOD Karl-Göran MälerMemorial Lecture. AK Enamul Haque, Professor, East West University, Bangladesh and Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Strategic Group Lead, Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks, ICIMOD, will be the speakers. The lecture will be hybrid and moderated by Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Professor, Goa University, India.

In-person participation in this workshop is by invitation only.



The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), a research capacity and academic leadership development programme at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), supports research in South Asia and Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region on the interconnection between environmental and development issues.



SANDEE-ICIMOD Karl-Göran Mäler Memorial Lecture Summer 2023

20 June 2023 | 09:00–11:00 (Nepal Standard Time) | Hybrid (ICIMOD, Kathmandu and Zoom)

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Integrating environment with the national account: The need for cooperation between environmental economists and natural scientists


A. K. Enamul Haque

Professor of Economics

East West University

Abstract: The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as the main indicator of measuring our progress, has several limitations as it cannot be used for accounting the contribution of nature as well as the harm we inflict on nature. In the absence of a comprehensive measure of our progress, the environment is strained leading to triple planetary crisis –

climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Several countries are now switching to create their environmental accounts in line with the SEEA (system of environmental-economic accounting) framework. While statisticians are generating the data set for adopting the framework, there is a need for environmental economists to estimate the value of different ecosystem services that are not traded in the markets and integrate them with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information systems. The first part of the lecture covers the methodology for integrating the environmental accounts with traditional national accounts, identifies the gaps in current research, and discusses why environmental economists should work together with natural scientists to implement the SEEA framework for measuring our progress more comprehensively.

A.K. Enamul Haque is Professor of Economics at East West University, Bangladesh; Director of the Economic Research Group; Executive Director of Asian Center for Development; member of SANDEE’s Steering and Advisory Committees, and member of the South Asian Network for Environmental Law and Policy. Haque is an environmental economist with extensive research and teaching experience in climate change, agriculture, and urban issues in developing countries with a focus on South Asia and Bangladesh. Haque has MSc and PhD degrees in resource and environmental economics from the University of Guelph, Canada.


Impacts of climate change on disasters in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region: Challenges and solutions


Arun Bhakta Shrestha

Senior Climate Change Specialist

Strategic Group Lead, Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks


Abstract: The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, known for its majestic mountains, diverse ecosystems, and unique cultural heritage, is currently undergoing rapid climate pattern changes, with warming occurring at a rate higher than the global average. Through comprehensive quantitative analyses, the second part of the lecture sheds light on the consequences of these climatic shifts. It explores a range of factors, including glacial retreat, changing precipitation patterns, altered river flows, and an increased occurrence of extreme events leading to increased frequency of severe disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts, and glacial lake outburst floods with disproportionate impacts on vulnerable communities. It also highlights ongoing initiatives and potential pathways for enhancing resilience and the importance of integrated approach to develop effective and sustainable solutions.

Arun Bhakta Shrestha is a Senior Climate Change Specialist and Strategic Group Lead for Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks at ICIMOD. Earlier Shrestha served as the Regional Programme Manager for River Basins and Cryosphere. Shrestha’s areas of expertise encompass climate change, glaciers and glacial hazards, glacial lake risk mitigation, atmospheric environment, and hydrological modelling. Before joining ICIMOD, he worked for the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology in Nepal. Shrestha was one of the editors of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, and he leads the Disaster Task Force at ICIMOD. Shrestha has a master’s degree in hydraulic engineering from Byelorussian Polytechnic University (former USSR) and PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, USA.




Pranab Mukhopadhyay

Professor of Economics and Vice-Dean (Research)

Goa Business School

Pranab Mukhopadhyay is Professor of Economics and Vice-Dean (Research) at the Goa Business School, Goa University, India. He is a fellow at SANDEE and INSEE and was the President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics INSEE (2016–18). Earlier, he worked as an environmental economist for IUCN Nepal. He is currently the co-editor of the journal ‘Ecology, Economy, and Society – the INSEE Journal’. His research interests include managing commons, nature and society, sustainable development, ecosystem services, and economic growth. Mukhopadhyay studied economics at Presidency College, Calcutta and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.