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The Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative addresses cross-border challenges and opportunities in development and conservation across the Karakoram, Pamir Mountains, and the Wakhan along the China–Pakistan–Afghanistan–Tajikistan border area.
At a glance
Improved synergy among stakeholders in the landscape for long-term development and conservation of fragile ecosystems
The HKPL represents a highly fragile alpine ecosystem with unique biodiversity that is facing equally unique threats. We have mounted a transboundary effort for long-term conservation and development that recognizes the shared histories, environments, struggles, and future of the landscape's inhabitants.
We aim to address cross-border challenges and opportunities through the development of a regional framework for cooperation and understanding. This framework seeks to promote an integrated and participatory approach for conservation, adaptation, and sustainable development. To achieve this, we are involved in expanding the regional knowledge base and communication across countries, building adaptive capacities, and elevating the role of community members in policy planning.
The participation and involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, including local agro-pastoral communities, is essential for the development of an approach that balances the objectives of conserving this fragile ecosystem and fulfilling the needs of communities dependent on the area’s natural resources.
Enhance the livelihood options for people living in the region and promote ecosystem management planning in the landscape
Improve transboundary cooperation among Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan to address cross-border conservation and development issues
Promote knowledge generation and sharing at a national, regional and global scale from the landscape
The newly formed transboundary Bam-e-Dunya Network connects protected areas in four countries along the Silk Route. It represents the shared identity of people living in the Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL), which is strategically located between Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
News and features
ICIMOD and Lanzhou University jointly organized a regional workshop in Lanzhou, China, from 13 to 17 September 2018 with the aim of strengthening regional cooperation and sustaining the transboundary management of ecosystem services in the HKPL region.
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.
With its towering peaks, majestic landscape, and rich cultural heritage, the Himalayan region has long drawn fascinated visitors from around the world.
Events around the HKH
Datasets and science applications
These datasets were developed under the HKPL Initiative. The datasets can also be accessed from the corresponding initiative websites.
The HKPL Initiative is a transboundary effort between Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
The TNR was established in 1984 and is situated in the southwest corner of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in China.
Assessment and monitoring of land cover dynamics are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources in the HKH region.
The tools have been developed by ICIMOD in collaboration with UNEP through a Small Scale Funding Agreement under the Karakoram Trust Project.
Building partnerships for conservation and development in the HKH
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.
We embrace diversity
Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines and offer us localized knowledge like no other.
HKPL's work transcends geographical boundaries and involves communities from across the landscape. Read more about our impacts.