River Basin and Cryosphere
Hybrid | Abai meeting room, Inter Continental Almaty Hotel, Almaty Kazakhstan
01 November 2022
Arun Bhakta Shrestha & Ajaz Ali
The Indus Basin Initiative – as the secretariat for the Upper Indus Basin Network (UIBN) – is organising the Regional Strategic Committee (RSC) meeting on 01 November 2022. In the last RSC meeting of the UIBN in February 2022, the members decided to convene the next RSC meeting in August/September 2022. As per the governance framework of the UIBN, the RSC meets biannually to discuss the country chapters progress, priorities, challenges, and opportunities and explore avenues of regional cooperation.
The RSC aims to align the strategic direction of the network with changing needs and priorities to make the network fit for purpose. The key purpose of the network is to promote science-based regional cooperation and collaboration among and between the riparian countries.
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1 November 2022 | Almaty, Kazakhstan
The Upper Indus Basin shared by Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change impacts considering the large downstream dependence on the upstream for water resources.
The UIBN was established in 2014 and expanded in 2018 to all the riparian countries by key stakeholders from these countries. UIBN is a voluntary and neutral knowledge and research network which aims to foster coordination among the stakeholders in research related to climate, cryosphere, water, hazards and vulnerability, and adaptation. It plays an important role in bringing together representatives of relevant government and non-government organizations, academia and policy makers to promote a shared understanding of regional challenges and opportunities and joint solutions to deal with the effects of climate change on water resources, water-induced hazards, and upstream/downstream linkages.
More on the UIBN: https://www.icimod.org/initiative/about-uibn/
1 November 2022 | Timings in Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), UTC/GMT +6 hours
Welcome remarks – Naim Eqrar, Chair, UIBN
Objectives of the meeting and overview of last RSC meeting decisions – Arun Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
Remarks – Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD
Ajaz Ali, Programme Officer, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
(10+5 min each)
Outcomes and action points of the meeting – Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD
Closing remarks – Naim Eqrar, Chair, UIBN
Closing remarks by country chapter Advisors
Vote of thanks – Ajaz Ali, ICIMOD