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International Forum on the Cryosphere and Society

The Voice of the HKH


New Conference Hall, ICIMOD, Kathmandu

Date & Time

28 August 2019 to 30 August 2019



Despite decades of research on mountain development and the cryosphere, knowledge building and its applications have often followed independent, if parallel, tracks. It has become increasingly apparent that an alternative framework may be needed that acknowledges the plurality, interactivity, intersectionality, and co-production in the cryosphere and of the communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).

Accordingly, ICIMOD is organizing an international forum on the relationship between the cryosphere and society, a first-of-its-kind platform focusing on the emerging area of cryosphere contributions. While the concept of cryosphere contributions is a comparatively new lens through which to view the cryosphere and its intersection with humanity, this forum will explore its relevance in the HKH region and potential for building a bridge between science and society.

This forum seeks to bring together regional and international experts and stakeholders to discuss the latest research in this rapidly evolving field, clarifying and developing the “Voice of the HKH”.


In this forum, we intend to build on the key findings and recommendations of the Cryosphere Chapter of the 2019 Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, addressing how they are related to the cryosphere’s contributions and their sustainability in the HKH region. Consequently, we aim to establish a better understanding of the framework of cryosphere services that provide a link between the cryosphere and people in the high mountain communities and downstream. We invite key scientists from the region, the international scientific community, different user groups and decision makers to come together and establish a dialogue about the cryosphere and its role.

This international forum will facilitate discussions on the emerging and evolving topic of cryosphere contributions, what it means in the HKH context, what research is developing in the space, and pathways towards increasing the resilience of HKH communities.


  1. Provide insight from the latest cutting-edge research on the cryosphere and its intersection with societies of the HKH
  2. Explore the relevance of the framework of cryosphere contributions in the HKH
  3. Assess how ongoing climate and cryosphere changes affect society, including high mountain, indigenous, and marginalized communities, thereby enhancing resilience
  4. Create a space for networking and exchanging knowledge that spotlights youth and early-career researchers’ exceptional projects in this intersectional field
  5. To establish experts who will amplify the voice of the HKH by producing a series of clear guidelines and directed statements from the HKH research community to decision makers, clarifying the most significant concerns and necessary measures to address these

Event website: http//www.icimod.org/cryoforum

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