Back to news
6 Apr 2022 | News

ICIMOD and Nepal Mountaineering Association embark on a partnership for mountains

1 min Read

70% Complete

Kathmandu, 5 April: A memorandum of understanding was signed between the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Nepal at the ICIMOD headquarters here today. The partnership envisages joint work on the common goal of protection of mountain environments and promotion of the International Mountain Museum at Pokhara, among other things.

Santa Bir Lama, President NMA, and Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.

The MoU notes that NMA and ICIMOD recognize the need for a common approach and methodology for joint research, technology transfer, capacity building, and exchange of information in pursuit of these common goals. The prioritized areas of collaboration will be based on areas of mutual interest, such as promotion of the International Mountain Museum (IMM), knowledge exchange, advocacy, celebration of mountain day, and other joint events.

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD, highlighted the importance of collaboration and synergy between the two institutions and the need to work together to improve livelihood opportunities for mountain communities through promotion of niche mountain products, destination planning to promote local tourism, and other aligned activities to promote sustainable mountain development. He emphasized the need for greater advocacy to place mountains on the global agenda, especially during the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022.

“This agreement has opened up avenues for further collaboration for advocacy on mountaineering and promotion of mountain livelihoods while keeping in mind the overall goal of protection of mountain environments.”
– Santa Bir Lama, President, NMA

Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager- River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD highlighted the avenues and areas of collaboration that have been created through the signing of the MoU for collaborative activities between ICIMOD and NMA and reported on the outcome of ICIMOD’s recent visit to IMM.

Kul Prasad Rai, Chief Executive Officer, NMA highlighted the five key areas of collaboration and committed to collaborate by developing joint proposals, organizing joint events, and working together through an agreed annual implementation plan.

Basanta Raj Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD highlighted ICIMOD’s past and ongoing work on mountain ecosystems and communities and reiterated its commitment to serve the mountains and people of the region directly and through partners at different levels.


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
21 Jan 2020 News
Balancing hydropower development and freshwater ecosystem conservation in Nepal

Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes, rivers, streams, springs, and wetlands provide various direct and indirect services. They are a critical ...

29 Jan 2019 KSL
Communities across the Mahakali agree on the sustainable management of yartsa gunbu

The community-level cross-border declaration was signed by participants of a recent workshop held near the India–Nepal border in Darchula, Nepal, ...

16 Nov 2018 Cryosphere
Glaciologists share their research findings from the three “poles”

On 29 October 2018, glaciologists from three poles of the globe came together to discuss their research and explore new ...

Policy Level Interventions to Improve Brick Industry in Nepal

The purpose of the workshop was to present a compiled report and to seek input from concerned institutions to further ...

CCAC to support brick study in Nepal

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Nepal on 25 April 2015 and the more than 300 aftershocks that followed, ...

Bhutan’s first training on Google Earth Engine

The Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform is increasingly finding acceptance across academic, business, non-profit, and government users for scientific analysis ...

11 Dec 2018 HIMAP
Mountains Matter in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Cycle

But things are changing. The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will feature a ...

25 May 2017 Himalica
High-level Bangladeshi Delegates visit Dabur Nepal’s Ashok Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Centre in Banepa

The Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh hold great promise for the production and commercialization of non-timber forest products such as ...