Back to news
29 Sep 2015 | News

Member countries develop methodology for land degradation Assessment

2 mins Read

70% Complete


Land degradation is common across the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, but surrounding countries lack proper documentation and modelling to properly assess the situation. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is collaborating with Agriculture Centre and Forestry Centre under South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to enable members in building a methodology that looks into evaluating land degradation in the HKH region and SAARC countries.

Land management officials presented their results based on geospatial methodology developed linking collected ground data, during a two day “Geospatial Technology for Assessment and Mapping of Land Degradation in SAARC Countries” conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, 9 to 10 September 2015.

During the inaugural session of the workshop, Basanta Shrestha, ICIMOD’s Director for Strategic Cooperation said ICIMOD and SAARC collaborates to feed science based research into development programmes. “ICIMOD deals with research and development that focuses on mountain regions. SAARC, as a regional government body, can help to feed the research outcome into policy in the region”, Basanta Shrestha said.

M J H Jabed, Director, Agriculture, Rural Development and SAARC Development Fund, SAARC Secretariat, Nepal said, “Geospatial technology is becoming increasingly relevant in the region as our member countries are all agro-based and are riddled with the impact of climate change, and a partnership with ICIMOD can help in realising SAARC’s mandate.”

Representatives from each country who presented their work to ICIMOD experts for feedback also pointed out potential benefits from the developed methodology. Tseten Dorji, Soil survey and land evaluation officer, National Soil Service Centre, Department of Agriculture, Bhutan said lack of proper documentation and data have hampered planning for soil conservation. “We have worked on a model to assess soil erosion and land degradations. We hope that our model will help with proper documentation and better planning for soil conservation”.

“Our case study in the Purna Valley River basin in India looks at mapping land degradation with remote sensing and ground data. In this workshop, we will looked at how this method can be upscale to other river basin studies”. G P Obi Reddy, Principal Scientist, Division of Remote Sensing Applications National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, India.

Nepal’s methodology involve assessing land degradation in terms of soil and nutrient loss in the Kamala river watershed in Shindhuli district. Senior Scientist Kamal Sah, from Nepal’s Soil Science Division in Nepal Agriculture Research Council said that methodology will help to assess extent of soil erosion caused by flood and landslide in the area.

Similarly, in Bangladesh, Md Moqbul Hossain, Project Director, Soil Resource Development Institute in Dhaka is leading a team of expert to study factors that cause soil erosion including agricultural practices, soil texture, rainfall layers and slope maps. “The methodology will be useful in studying soil erosion, its extent and degree”, He said.

These methodologies developed are a result of an inception meeting held in December 2013 at ICIMOD in Nepal to develop a broad framework for pilot site selection and planning field data collection. Respective country focal agencies were identified and a stakeholder meeting took place in Bhutan in December 2014 followed by field work for data collection and analysis in respective countries.

A joint publication will be brought out based on the developed methodologies and results for the decimation and implementation.

Stay current

Stay up to date on what’s happening around the HKH with our most recent publications and find out how you can help by subscribing to our mailing list.

Sign Up

Related Contents

Continue exploring this topic

16 Aug 2017 News
Private Sector Engagement for Climate Action in Pakistan

A joint event titled “Working Together for Sustainable Mountain Development: Private Sector Engagement for Climate Action in Pakistan” was organized ...

14 Oct 2016 News
Better Business Practices in Surkhet

Twenty-five participants took part in ‘Entrepreneurship and Business Planning Training’ training in Surkhet 17-21 September 2016 as a capacity development ...

26 Jul 2021 News
ICIMOD and WWF-Nepal sign agreement to advance conservation and sustainable development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

To collaborate on conservation and sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ...

12 Oct 2015 HKPL
Highland festival brings Pakistan and China region together

Along the border of China and Pakistan, some fifteen thousand feet above sea level at Khunjerab pass, more than 5,000 ...

When the levee breaks: Reducing GLOF risks through dam breach modelling

Given the Koshi basin’s susceptibility to disasters, many communities near the Koshi River are constantly at risk. In a bid ...

4 Mar 2015 News
Humla landslide update

According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Dadeldhura received 67 mm of ...

30 Aug 2017 News
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council and Partners to Collaborate on Strengthening Climate Services for Drought Monitoring

The workshop brought together key partners to discuss anticipated methods, work plans, and the user engagement process for the effective ...