Back to events


ICIMOD at World Mountain Forum 2018 – ‘Mountains in a Changing World’

Emerging drivers of global change are transforming mountain communities and ecosystems. The pronounced vulnerability of mountain people and ecosystems to the negative effects of global change make building adaptive capacity and resilience an urgent priority. Developing and identifying solutions to enhance mountain livelihoods and well-being in a sustainable manner must be built on inclusive, just and environmentally friendly foundations to be sustainable in the long term. The World Mountain Forum (WMF) is uniquely positioned to provide a timely space for policy makers, scientists and practitioners to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges to sustainable development in mountain regions.


Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN), HIMAP


Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Date & Time

23 October 2018 to 26 October 2018

World Mountain Forum (WMF) 2018 will be hosted by the government of Kyrgyzstan in the capital Bishkek.


WMF 2018 aims to build on past achievements and successes to develop scenarios for a thriving mountain future.

Core Themes

The Forum is structured around four core thematic issues:

  • T-1: Climate Change Affecting Water and Energy in Mountain Areas
  • T-2: Poverty, Food Systems and Agrobiodiversity
  • T-3: Resilience and Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems
  • T-4: Investing in Mountains – Securing the Future

The four core themes will be addressed through three foci:

  • Current trends and dynamics
  • Pathways to sustainable transformation
  • Partnerships to sustain and support sustainable mountain development
ICIMOD at World Mountain Forum 2018

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is one of the co-organizers of WMF 2018. Philippus Wester, Regional Programme Manager of Mountain Knowledge and Action Network (MKAN) at ICIMOD, will lead a four member delegation – senior professionals with relevant thematic expertise from the Centre’s programme and knowledge management and communications teams – to the event

In collaboration with other partners, ICIMOD will facilitate sessions on ‘T1: Climate Change Affecting Water and Energy in Mountain Areas’ and ‘T2: Poverty, Food Systems and Agrobiodiversity.

ICIMOD will also present a keynote speech providing an overview on global climate concerns with specific focus on the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, and will share relevant findings from the first Comprehensive Assessment of the HKH, to be launched at the first HKH Science-Policy Forum in November 2018. The monitoring and assessment report is to be the first in a series on the HKH. Coordinated by ICIMOD’s Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP), the report assembles the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, practitioners, experts, and policy makers.

ICIMOD will also help facilitate a pre-event ‘Youth Mountain Forum’ on 22 October 2018, jointly organized by the University of Central Asia (UCA), and UNICEF Kyrgyzstan.

For more information, contact Udayan Mishra (). Event details are available at:

You can also join the conversation on social media at #2018WMF.

Related events

Continue exploring this topic