At a glance

Minimize the loss of lives and livelihoods by reducing flood vulnerability in the HKH region with specific reference to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus river basins.

Geographical coverage



The project is based on the results of a series of consultative meetings with representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan held between 2001 and 2005, during which the project was recommended for implementation.

It is designed to provide immediate and full ownership of the project to the participating countries. It will be executed by the relevant national institutions and ICIMOD will have an implementing and coordinating role. The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) principal responsibilities will be in the areas of technical and conceptual backstopping.


  • Strengthen the framework for cooperation for sharing regional flood data and information among participating member countries
  • Establish a flood observation network in selected river basins in the participating countries


Seti flash flood reconnaissance visit

On Saturday 5 May 2012, flash flooding in the Kaski district of northwestern Nepal resulted in the death of at least 31 people, left dozens more missing, and caused great loss of property including homes, businesses, crops, and livestock. The flood occurred in a tributary of the Seti River originating from the east of Mount Machhapuchhre.


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.

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Climate change and hydrological modelling

The stakes are high. Changes in temperature and precipitation can affect many aspects of mountain environments, which in turn affect life downstream, from irrigation to food to hydropower to industry.

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A fifth of the world’s population depends on rivers that are born in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.

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Partners and support

Building partnerships for conservation and development in the HKH

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Meet the team

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.

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