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


Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan

Date & Time

16 July 2021

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.


  • 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

All time are in Pakistan Standard Time (PKT).

Time (PKT)




Recitation of verses



Inaugural session

Welcome and objectives

Ghulam Ali, Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD


Opening remarks

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General,  ICIMOD


Remarks on the LTSEM framework

Nakul Chettri



Attaullah Shah, Chairman, KIU



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



Vote of thanks

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


Technical session

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)

  • 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


Lunch break



Site selection for LTSEM piloting in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Muhammad Zafar Khan, KIU


Partnership modalities and way forward

Ghulam Ali, ICIMOD


Conclusion/wrap up

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