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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
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BAM-E-DUNYA WEBINAR SERIES
The Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) represents “Bam-e-Dunya” (“roof of the world” in Persian), a home to diverse ecosystems, indigenous ethnic groups, and rich cultural traditions. This webinar series aims to foster exchanges of multidisciplinary knowledge among the diverse stakeholders within and outside of the landscape.
News and features
Organic agriculture and growing organic markets present an invaluable opportunity for improving the livelihoods of mountain communities. Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral hold great potential for organic agriculture and trade.
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.