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International Consultative Workshop Bridging Boundaries: Strengthening Regional Cooperation Across Transboundary River Basins and Landscapes in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH Transboundary Cooperation – 2018)

ICIMOD has been using river basin and transboundary landscape management approaches to work across borders and achieve shared goals. The Centre’s river basin approach takes into account a range of concerns—monitoring and assessment of water resources, water-induced risk management, and climate change adaptation and resilience building with particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. It adopts an integrated water resource management approach to improve current understanding of upstream-downstream linkages as well as the links between natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.


Transboundary Landscapes, HI-LIFE, Cherrapunjee-Chittagong Landscape, Kailash Sacred Landscape, Kangchenjunga Landscape, Hindu Kush Karakoram-Pamir Landscape, REDD+, River Basins and Cryosphere, Cryosphere, HI-AWARE, HYCOS, Indus Basin, Koshi Basin Programme, SWaRMA


ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

Date & Time

15 November 2018 to 16 November 2018

The International Consultative Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation across Transboundary Landscapes and River Basins in the Hindu Kush Himalaya provide a timely opportunity to envision possible mechanisms to enhance regional cooperation and to discuss priority actions for the same. It will also look into strengthening existing regional cooperation mechanisms.


The consultation workshop will contribute to strengthening of existing transboundary mechanisms and networks to support the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable development. In doing so, it will explore possibilities for further regional cooperation. Specifically, the consultation workshop aims to:

  1. Understand key challenges and opportunities in relation to transboundary cooperation for sustainable management of landscapes and river basins, particularly in areas of climate resilience, disaster risk reduction, water-energy-food security, development opportunities, and biodiversity conservation.
  2. Identify priority actions for mainstreaming regional cooperation through approaches that enhance upstream-downstream relationships and integrate communities and ecosystems across boundaries.
  3. Identify opportunities that regional and global frameworks and agreements provide to better synergize transboundary landscape and river basin approaches for regional cooperation and sustainable development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).
  4. Understand policy-influencing mechanisms for addressing emerging challenges and identify opportunities for bringing policy evidences from community to regional and global fora.

Researchers will shed light on the state of scientific knowledge with regard to river basin and landscape management. Practitioners, policy makers, experts, and natural resource governance specialists will look at good practices and policy concerns related to functional institutional mechanisms that enable regional cooperation.

The workshop will provide a forum for cross-country practitioners, lawmakers, civil servants, regional think tanks, donors, market actors, and civil society representatives from the HKH region and beyond. It will provide opportunities for sharing of experiences and lessons for improved river basin management and cross-border landscape management.



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