At a glance

Initiative goal

Enhanced resilience and adaptive capacities of HKH communities through the research, piloting, and adoption of resilient solution packages, along with knowledge sharing and capacity building

Regional Programme

Adaptation and Resilience Building

Our focus

Creating mountain-specific solutions

RMS focuses on three strategic impact areas: poverty reduction, reduced physical and social vulnerability, and improved ecosystem services.

We test simple and affordable resilience-building tools and approaches that community members in rural parts of the HKH can replicate. Our cross-cutting approach ensures that our solutions are democratic, inclusive, and suited to the mountain context.

Outreach and upscaling are also essential to our approach; we target a wide range of stakeholders and seek to bridge the policy–practice divide. We train and network with governments, local institutions, and other stakeholders to ensure that these solutions are scaled up and scaled out to reach as many communities as possible.


Unlocking innovations and investments for green mountain economies

In collaboration with the Government of Nepal and GIZ, ICIMOD is hosting an international resilient solutions conference and expo to showcase innovative solutions and investment opportunities for green mountain economy.

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Initiative duration

2018–2022 (builds on the past work of HICAP and Himalica initiatives)


Enhanced capacities of national and local governments and regional institutions to plan and implement programmes that improve resilience to climate and other changes

Geo coverage

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan

Key areas of work

Resilience markers

Gauge the resilience of societies across the HKH and employ the RMS framework in designing interventions

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Resilient Mountain Villages – Learning hubs

Demonstrate and practise environment-friendly and climate-resilient technologies; build community resilience by involving and training farmers; and set up learning centres for different stakeholders in the HKH and beyond

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Springshed revival and management

Implement gender-responsive interventions around spring revival and management in the HKH and influence policy uptake

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Green enterprises

Build the capacity of stakeholders in the HKH entrepreneurial ecosystem regarding best practices related to green, resilient enterprises

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Organic agriculture

Promote the adoption of “safe food” farming practices in the HKH and enable the growth of organic agriculture in Bhutan

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Gender inclusion

Develop and design gender-inclusive activities, with women leading and meaningfully involved in planning

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Digital services and value-chain enhancement

Develop and strengthen farm-to-market value chains, promote local cooperatives and brands, and enhance the livelihoods of farmers in Kavre

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Geographic coverage of RMS work

RMS flyer and poster for quick overview

RMS in the HKH





How does RMS work?

RMS uses an integrated approach to sustainable mountain development, focusing on climate change adaptation, resilience, and preparedness for future risks.

Solutions supported and promoted by RMS

Going digital to enhance the agricultural value chain
Going digital to enhance the agricultural value chain
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Jholmal: A nature-based solution for mountain farming systems
Soil-cement tanks and drip irrigation
Customizing traditional skills
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Jholmal for small-scale farmlands
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Soil-cement tanks and drip irrigation (in Nepali language)
Jholmal: Bio-fertilizer and bio-pesticide (in Nepali language)
Low-cost water storage ponds for smallholders
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Improved terracing for enhancing soil fertility on sloping land
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News and features

Around the HKH

Events around RMS

Our involvement


Stories from the RMS initiative

Empowering women farmers through agricultural mechanisation
Empowering women farmers through agricultural mechanisation
Resilient agriculture and entrepreneurship in Bhutan
Resilient agriculture and entrepreneurship in Bhutan
Springs of hope
Springs of hope
Bouncing back better
Bouncing back better

Partners and support

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Featured partner

Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID)

The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) is a non-profit institute based in Yangon, Myanmar. We work in collaboration with government, communities, local CSOs/NGOs, international organizations, and technical specialists to strengthen capacities, governance processes, knowledge bases, and intervention models for integrated development.

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Drought in Nepal: Farmers struggle with lack of water

Farming in the shadow of the world’s highest mountains has never been easy – and climate change is making it even more difficult. Villagers are having to come up with innovative ways to grow their crops because of the lack of water. Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha reports from Nepal.


RMS in the media

पहाडी क्षेत्रमा महिला किसानको सशक्तीकरण
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Empowering women farmers: Agricultural mechanisation is the key
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Climate-smart practices for improvement of crop yields in mid-hills of Nepal
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RMS 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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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.

RMS team

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Specific role of the team

RMS specific role of the team and staff

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Let's talk

From general inquiries about our work to specific feedback on our impact, we want to hear from you.

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