At a glance

Initiative goal

Enhanced regional collaboration for a better flow of culture, trade, and ideas across the landscape, leading to the improved management of natural resources

Regional Programme

Transboundary Landscapes

Yi Shaoliang

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Programme Coordinator

Our focus

Towards improved landscape management

We aim to connect communities from the far-eastern Himalaya to identify co-benefits, expand and share knowledge, and contribute to effective policy development and management practices. By doing so, we seek to improve livelihoods while conserving shared environments.

HI-LIFE (formerly the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative, or BSLCDI) is a collaborative effort between ICIMOD and the governments of China, India, and Myanmar.

Our partners have developed a framework for cooperation and common understanding on transboundary landscape issues, which will provide a basis for an integrated and participatory approach for conservation, adaptation, and sustainable development within the context of global climate change.


2018–2022 (implementation phase)


Strengthened regional partnerships, maximized livelihoods and conservation co-benefits, expansive scientific knowledge base, and integrated policies

Geo coverage

China, India, and Myanmar

News and features

Around the HKH

Stay up to date on what’s happening with news, events, and information from around the HKH.

19 Dec 2019 | News
Promoting local food systems and food-based value chain in the Far-Eastern Himalayan Landscape

The workshop involved 30 participants (including 10 women) from government bodies, academia, I/NGOs, the private sector, and communities ...

2 Dec 2019 | News
Promoting climate-smart livelihoods in the Far-Eastern Himalayan Landscape

On 9 November 2019, representatives from ICIMOD’s Far-Eastern Himalayan Landscape Initiative (HI-LIFE), UNDP, and the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) delivered ...

30 Sep 2019 | News
Adopting a flagship species approach to conserve biodiversity and habitats in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

An international workshop on the conservation of flagship species and their habitats in the HKH region was held from 28 ...

For mountains and people

We have a deep history of work across a broad range of issues enabling sustainable development in the complex environment of the HKH. We have been protecting the pulse for over three decades.



Mountain ecosystems are among the most diverse and vulnerable on earth.

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Two million square kilometres of rangeland sprawl across the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the largest and most diverse mountain setting for rangeland in the world.

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Events around the HKH

Our involvement

From workshops to seminars to research lectures, ICIMOD delivers a wide array of events to keep you involved in the happenings of the HKH.

Partners and support

HI-LIFE is a collaborative effort of the governments of China, India, and Myanmar and is facilitated by ICIMOD.

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HI-LIFE in the media

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HI-LIFE Publications

You will find publications produced or related to this Initiative in HimalDoc, our publications repository. These resources include journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials, among other products.

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