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Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape
Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan
16 July 2021
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.
All time are in Pakistan Standard Time (PKT).
Recitation of verses
Welcome and objectives
Ghulam Ali, Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Remarks on the LTSEM framework
Attaullah Shah, Chairman, KIU
Syed Sumair Ahmed, Secretary, Forest, Wildlife and Environment Department, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan
Chief Secretary GB
Vote of thanks
Zakir Hussain, Chief Conservator of Forests, Gilgit-Baltistan Forest, Wildlife and Parks Department
Concept, process to-date and next steps
Babar Khan, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist, ICIMOD
The LTSEM research design/framework
Muhammad Zafar Khan, Head of Department, Forestry, Wildlife and Rangelands Department, KIU
Group work (4-5 Groups)
(Groups will be facilitated by KIU thematic leads)
Ghulam Muhammad Shah, Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, ICIMOD, and Muhammad Zafar Khan, KIU
Site selection for LTSEM piloting in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Muhammad Zafar Khan, KIU
Partnership modalities and way forward
Ghulam Ali, ICIMOD
Haider Raza, Regional Head (Gilgit-Baltistan), WWF-Pakistan