Increasingly skewed and rapid development, along with climate change, has raised challenges in meeting water, food, and energy demands in the HKH.
ICIMOD, through its River Basins and Cryosphere (RBC) Regional Programme
The RBC Regional Programme aims to address current and emerging issues within the HKH. The programme, through all five of its initiatives, adopts a holistic, flexible and inclusive integrated river basin and cryosphere approach that transcends scale, borders, modalities, and disciplines in research and pilots. This approach includes managing water resources, prioritizing the sustainable use of water and land resources to enhance livelihoods, understanding the role of the cryosphere and scenarios for future water availability, improving the health of environments, and reducing water-related disaster risks in river basins.
The River Basins and Cryosphere Regional Programme operates on four pillars: