Moving Mountains

For Mountains and People


Aspirations of community members in the mountain areas of the HKH can only be realized by adopting a broad integrated approach to livelihoods that are responsive to climate change and other shocks. Climate, socio-economic and future resilience are essential to prosperity in the mountains.

Climate resilience

Climate resilience includes areas such as elements of the farming system (e.g. sustainable soil management practices and approaches, soil nutrients, crops, pest management; cash crop development, agroforestry development, livestock development, natural resources management); water (e.g. water harvesting for drinking, livestock, irrigation); and energy (e.g. forest management, biomass based energy development, harnessing solar energy) management.

Socio-economic resilience

Socio-economic resilience includes economic development (e.g. market, value chains of high value products) and infrastructure (e.g. traditional irrigation, solar pumps for irrigation), gender and institutions (e.g. forest user groups, women groups, local governments, agriculture extension).

Future resilience

Future resilience deals with digital services (e.g. smart phone crop and weather advisory, ICTs), financial services (e.g. crop/livestock insurance) and preparedness of farmers on disaster risks (e.g. droughts, crop failures, hailstorms, floods). ICIMOD is piloting these agriculture-focused resilient mountain villages in earthquake-affected villages in Nepal and is now extending the piloting to other ecological regions and countries of the HKH.

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Summary of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Report (2019)

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Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Report

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Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS)

The initiative builds on research and solutions developed and tested by ICIMOD and its partners to identify a range of options that have proven effective and applicable in the diverse mountain context of the HKH.

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