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News digest 2020 February

Protect the pulse.

The Hindu Kush Himalaya is the pulse of the planet. Being at the top of the world,changes happen here before they happen anywhere else and the beat of this place vibrates across the globe. We are ICIMOD. Together with our partners,we protect the pulse. 

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#EachforEqual: Changing self for equality in the HKH

Today,the topic of gender equality has gained visibility in all spheres of life,penetrating the public consciousness and discourse even in remote mountain areas. Gender inequality is one of the most significant barriers to human development – it impacts at least half of us.

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STAFF ARTICLE

Cooking with electricity: A pathway to smoke-free kitchens in Nepal

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NEWS

Including neglected voices in natural resource management planning

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NEWS

Addressing water stress in Ramechhap

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NEWS

First UIBN – Pakistan Chapter meeting and gender resource group consultation meeting convened

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Featured dataset

Crop data of Barisal,Dinajpur and Rangpur districts of Bangladesh – 2019

Raster data of crop type maps of three pilot districts of Bangladesh in 2019. This dataset was created using Sentinel 1 and 2 time series images from November 2018- April 2019. Boro-rice,maize,potato were the crops mapped in three districts of Bangladesh (Dinajpur, Rangpur, Barisal). Decision tree classification along with machine learning classifier was used for classification. The maps were validated from collected field samples. 

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Vacancies

19 Mar 2020
HR Officer
 
18 Mar 2020
Research Associate
 
 
 

Announcements

Request for sealed quotation: Supply of laptops and monitors

ICIMOD invites sealed quotations from qualified and interested suppliers to supply laptops and monitors.

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Upcoming events

SANDEE

18th SANDEE Summer School 2020 on Environmental and Resource Economics

SANDEE is organizing the 18th Summer School on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics on 3–17 May 2020 in Bangkok,Thailand. 

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SANDEE

Workshop on environmental and natural resource economics

The YUE,SANDEE – ICIMOD,DU,and IPA are jointly organizing a workshop on “Environmental and natural resource economics” from 10 to 14 March 2020 in Myanmar.

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Publications

Kailash confluence: Reviving connections for a sustainable future

In September 2018,Namkha Rural Municipality,Humla,held its first cross-border travel and trade fair – the Kailash Confluence – to celebrate the shared history,culture,and socioeconomy of the populations living in the transboundary areas of Nepal,India,and the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) of China. This photo book celebrates and documents this seminal event.

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Journal articles

Molden,D (2020). ‘Scarcity of Water or Scarcity of Management?‘ In International Journal of Water Resources Development 36: 258-268 DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1676204. https: //doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2019.1676204

This article investigates the relation between water scarcity and water management. There are many different perceptions of water scarcity,which can include the conditions of arid environments,a general lack of access to water,insufficient water at a basin scale,or difficulty in meeting competing needs. All these issues will intensify with greater consumption and climate change. Asit Biswas reminds us that the root cause of scarcity is the way water is managed. Following this wisdom,I examine different contexts of scarcity I have encountered in my work and reflect on the management challenges which drive and transform water scarcity.

Joshi,S; Shrestha,L; Bisht,N; Wu,N; Ismail,M; Dorji,T; Dangol,G;Long,R  (2020). ‘Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Amongst Yak Herding Communities in the Asian Highlands.’ In Sustainability 12: 957.

Yak herding has great economic and cultural significance in the Asian highlands. However,traditional pastoralism is undergoing changes,isolating and fragmenting herders and their pastures. This paper aims to provide a brief overview on the geographical distribution of yak in the region and share in-depth information on yak-herding ethnic communities,the sociocultural aspect associated with yak herding,and challenges and emerging opportunities for yak herding in the region. We document 31 ethnic groups and their cultures in 10 different Asian countries. We outline the urgent need to minimize the challenges faced by yak-herding mountain communities to conserve the traditional pastoral system and associated cultures of these ethnic communities.
 

Norton,A; Seddon,N; Agrawal,A; Shakya,C; Kaur,N;Porras,I (2020). ‘Harnessing Employment-Based Social Assistance Programmes to Scale up Nature-Based Climate Action.’ In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 375: 20190127

Available evidence suggests paid employment schemes can offer multiple benefits in terms of improvements in local ecosystems and natural capital,carbon sequestration,and local biodiversity conservation. We review evidence from three key case studies in India,Ethiopia,and Mexico. We conclude that to realize the potential of employment-based social assistance for ecosystem benefits,it will be necessary to address two challenges: first,the weak design and maintenance of local public works outputs in many schemes,and second,the concern that social protection schemes may become less effective if they are overburdened with additional objectives. Overcoming these challenges requires an evolution of institutional systems for delivering social assistance to enable a more effective combination of social and environmental objectives.

Book chapters

Maharjan,A; de  Campos,RS; Singh,C; Das,S; Srinivas,A; Bhuiyan,MRA; Ishaq,S; Umar,MA; Dilshad,T; Shrestha,K; Bhadwal,S; Ghosh,T; Suckall,N;Vincent,K (2020). ‘Migration and Household Adaptation in Climate-Sensitive Hotspots in South Asia.’ In Current Climate Change Reports

South Asia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,owing to the high dependency on climate-sensitive livelihoods and recurrent extreme events. Consequently,an increasing number of households are adopting labour migration as a livelihood strategy to diversify incomes,spread risks,and meet aspirations. Under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) initiative,four research consortia have investigated migration patterns and their inherent linkages to adaptation to climate change in climate hotspots. This article synthesizes key findings in regional context of South Asia.