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Integrated planning workshop on LTSEM research framework for pilot implementation in the HKH – Pakistan

Venue

Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan

Date & Time

16 July 2021

Contact

Ghulam Ali

The Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL), covering parts of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, is a highly fragile alpine ecosystem at the junction of three mountain ranges – the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and the western Himalaya. The landscape is threatened by negative impacts of climate and other changes.

ICIMOD plans to establish a long-term socio-ecological monitoring system in the HKPL to help local partners generate robust scientific knowledge about key ecosystems, biodiversity, and socio-ecological processes. The data gathered through Long-term Environment and Socio-ecological Monitoring (LTSEM) can help in early detection of potentially adverse impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity, e-flows, and people.

The LTSEM pilot will generate scientific evidence that can help ICIMOD and its local partners in Pakistan – Karakoram International University (KIU) and Gilgit-Baltistan Forest, Wildlife and Parks Department (GBFWPD) – understand the effects of change on ecosystems, and design adaptation markers and pathways for sustainable and resilient mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.

 

Objectives
  • Share the LTSEM concept and framework with key partners (KIU and GBFWPD) and mutually agree on the idea, partners, proposed processes, and anticipated results
  • Facilitate GBFWPD to identify priority research/data needs (topics) for integration with the proposed LTSEM research plan and framework
  • Discuss the LTSEM pilot sites, institutional arrangements, and other modalities of the proposed partnership

 

Expected outcomes
  • Better understanding of LTSEM pilot among partners
  • Integration of research priorities of GBFWPD into the LTSEM research framework drafted by ICIMOD and Karakoram International University (KIU)
  • Consensus among partners on LTSEM pilot sites and partnership modalities

Agenda
All time are in Pakistan Standard Time (PKT).

Time (PKT)

Programme

Speakers

9:00-9:05

Recitation of verses

 

9:05-9:15

Inaugural session

Welcome and objectives

Ghulam Ali, Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD

9:15-9:25

Opening remarks

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General,  ICIMOD

9:25-9:35

Remarks on the LTSEM framework

Nakul Chettri

9:35-9:45

Remarks

Attaullah Shah, Chairman, KIU

9:45-10:00

Remarks

Syed Sumair Ahmed, Secretary, Forest, Wildlife and Environment Department, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan

10:00 -10:05

Chief Secretary GB

 

10:05 -10:20

Governor/ CM

 

10:20-10:30

Vote of thanks

Zakir Hussain, Chief Conservator of Forests, Gilgit-Baltistan Forest, Wildlife and Parks Department

10:30-11:00

Technical session

Concept, process to-date and next steps

Babar Khan, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist, ICIMOD

11:00-11:30

The LTSEM research design/framework

Muhammad Zafar Khan, Head of Department, Forestry, Wildlife and Rangelands Department, KIU

11:30-13:00

Group work (4-5 Groups)

  • Identification of key knowledge gaps and research topics/key questions

(Groups will be facilitated by KIU thematic leads)

  • Group presentations and discussion

Ghulam Muhammad Shah, Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, ICIMOD, and Muhammad Zafar Khan, KIU

13:00-14:45

Lunch break

 

14:45-15:30

Site selection for LTSEM piloting in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Muhammad Zafar Khan, KIU

15:30-16:00

Partnership modalities and way forward

Ghulam Ali, ICIMOD

16:00

Conclusion/wrap up

Haider Raza, Regional Head (Gilgit-Baltistan), WWF-Pakistan