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The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) promotes transboundary cooperation and sustainable development to conserve ecosystems, biodiversity, and ways of life across China, India, and Nepal.
At a glance
Long-term environmental conservation, safeguarding of cultural linkages, and enhanced resilience of communities in the landscape
From Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar to vital rivers such as the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali, people separated by borders are united by the Kailash Sacred Landscape’s cultural and environmental assets. And their shared experiences can be harnessed to ensure the landscape’s long-term sustainable development and conservation.
Our work accordingly transcends geographical boundaries. It involves various actors and stakeholders from the countries that share the landscape: China, India, and Nepal. All three member countries have endorsed the regional cooperation framework, a guiding instrument for developing and implementing KSLCDI.
We strengthen transboundary cooperation by institutionalizing elements of the regional cooperation framework. And we are committed to mainstreaming sustainable ecosystem management approaches and practices in the context of climate change adaptation, pushing for better planning and decision making informed by scientific research and community inputs.
Strengthen transboundary cooperation by institutionalizing elements of the regional cooperation framework
Ensure widescale adoption of sustainable environmental conservation practices for long-term monitoring and socioeconomic research
Establish a regional knowledge-sharing platform to support evidence-based decision making at the regional and national levels
For centuries, the mountain communities of Humla District in Nepal and Pulan County in the TAR, China, have relied on each other for their economic and spiritual sustenance.
News and features
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.
Remittances sent home by migrant workers have become a vital source of income in recent years in the HKH region, supplementing the limited ways to earn a living locally and providing a source of income detached from the weaknesses of the local economy.
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 specialise in these microhabitats, which can provide islands of suitable habitat isolated from unfavourable surrounding lowlands.
Events around the HKH
The major components of the programme have been defined with an output, broad activities, and outcomes.
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.
KSLCDI's work transcends geographical boundaries and involves various actors and stakeholders from the countries that share the landscape: China, India, and Nepal. Read more about our impacts.