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Call for abstracts: Regional experts’ symposium on ecosystem-based adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in collaboration with the Chengdu Institute of Biology (under the Chinese Academy of Sciences), is organizing a “Regional experts’ symposium on ecosystem-based adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” on 17–19 December 2019 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The symposium aims to bring together national and international experts and professionals from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in order to discuss and develop concrete recommendations on various facets of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in the Hindu Kush Himalaya.


Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Date & Time

17 December 2019 to 19 December 2019

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The specific objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Share evidence-based knowledge on EbA from the region and discuss the issues related to EbA, including conducive policy options and planning processes.
  • Identify major opportunities and challenges in implementing the EbA approach in the Hindu Kush Himalaya and identify potential research opportunities and priorities on EbA.
  • Explore possible partnerships, professional networks, and collaborations for the EbA approach.

We therefore announce a call for submissions of abstracts for the regional experts’ symposium, under the four thematic areas identified below:

  • EbA: Theories, principles, and practice
  • EbA: Solutions and technologies
  • Governance, gender, and social inclusion in the EbA process
  • Policies and institutions for EbA

From the papers presented at the symposium, we aim to publish a special publication on “Ecosystem-based adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya”. Young scientists from ICIMOD’s eight member countries in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan) pursuing a postdoctoral, doctoral, or master’s degree and women scientists are highly encouraged to present their original research related to EbA.

ICIMOD will sponsor a limited number of grants that will cover the costs for attending the symposium. The grantees will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts, and on the condition that they will submit a full paper within two months of the symposium – i.e. by 28 February 2020. The grant will cover the following: i) Chinese visa processing fees; ii) economy-class airfare to and from the participant’s home country (shortest route) to Chengdu, China; iii) accommodations; and iv) subsistence allowance as per ICIMOD policy.

The deadline for the abstract submission for the Regional experts’ symposium on ecosystem-based adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya is closed.

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