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At a glance

Initiative goal

Better conservation and management of ecosystem goods and services in the Kangchenjunga Landscape to foster economic development and build ecological and socio-cultural resilience

Regional Programme

Transboundary Landscapes

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Programme Coordinator

Our focus

Sustainable landscape development

Climate change endangers the Kangchenjunga Landscape – the very identity and lifeblood of its inhabitants. We seek to widen understanding of changes happening in the landscape and rally a concerted effort to emerge stronger.

The landscape sustains many vital Himalayan rivers and crucial watersheds. It harbours extraordinary biodiversity and valuable ecosystem services. At its heart is the sacred Mount Kangchenjunga, which weaves together centuries of shared culture, religion, and close-knit bonds among its inhabitants, spread across a part of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal in India, and the western and south-western parts of Bhutan.

Recognizing the landscape’s importance to the HKH and the world, we work to improve collaboration on environmental conservation and sustainable use of resources. We focus on the inextricable link between people and their environments and promotes community participation in ecosystem management and resource governance, all the while helping improve the livelihoods and resilience of communities.

Objectives

Improve the economic and social status of the landscape's communities, particularly of disadvantaged groups, through eco-friendly and productive livelihood avenues

Improve ecosystem management within and outside protected areas and ensure inclusive resource governance

Improve cooperation among academics, practitioners, and regional member countries in development works

News and features

Around the HKH

Featured knowledge products

Take a look at our latest publications along with a brief summary

Study area showing Kangchenjunga Landscape along with elevation zones and protected areas
Mapping human‒wildlife conflict hotspots in a transboundary landscape in the Eastern Himalaya
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Partners and support

The KLCDI is a collaborative effort of Bhutan, India, and China and is facilitated by the ICIMOD with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

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Events around the HKH

Our involvement

Maps

Kanchenjunja Landscape through maps

Maps of the Kanchenjunga Landscape

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Interactive mapping of the Kanchenjunga Landscape

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Kanchenjunga Landscape in the HKH Conservation Portal

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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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Forest

Forests cover around a quarter of the HKH. They are an integral part of the transboundary landscape, connecting numerous ecosystems and conserving biodiversity, sustaining livelihoods, providing timber and other resources, and guarding against natural disasters.

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Biodiversity

With their steep terrain, fragmented landscape and thermal gradients, mountain ecosystems are host to higher species richness and levels of endemism than adjacent lowlands. Many organisms adapt and specialize in these microhabitats, which can provide islands of suitable habitat isolated from unfavourable surrounding lowlands.

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KLCDI in the media

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Songbing Nature Fest

In promotion of cultural based nature tourism

Culture and tourism have a mutually beneficial relationship which can strengthen the attractiveness and competitiveness of places, regions and countries. The Kanchenjunga landscape has a numerous cultural values, which is linked with biodiversity and nature based fascination.

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KLCDI 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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KLCDI's work transcends geographical boundaries and involves communities from across the landscape. Read more about our impacts.

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