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Regional Programmes

At a glance

Programme goal

Shape policies and actions backed by science-based knowledge on air quality, atmospheric processes, and climate to mitigate air pollution for improved environmental and human health.

Programme locations

Bidya Banmali Pradhan arrow

Regional Programme Manager, Ad-interim

Our focus

Science-based knowledge

The Programme works includes improving scientific understanding of emissions sources, atmospheric processes and change, and air pollution impacts in the HKH.

As of 2020, the Programme will streamline activities towards these objectives by restructuring the existing two initiatives. The Atmosphere Initiative and Brick Initiative are henceforth to be known as Atmospheric Watch and Air Pollution Solutions respectively.

The HKH is vulnerable to increasing air pollution and climate change. It has experienced a rapid increase in air pollution in recent decades, with far-reaching and hazardous consequences on environmental and human health.

In many places, both urban and rural, pollutants have reached alarming levels, threatening the health of millions of people in the region, particularly women, children, and the elderly; in each of these groups, the poor are the most vulnerable. The socioeconomic impact of this slow-motion disaster on the environment, human health, and society is immense. The largest sources of air pollution in the HKH are solid waste, household emissions from cook stoves, and open burning of agricultural residue. Forest fires, diesel engines, brick kilns, and fossil fuel based energy production also comprise a significant portion of air pollution.

Initiatives

Atmosphere

The Regional Atmosphere Programme involves in identifying, testing, and piloting mitigation solutions; building capacity and outreach; fostering regional collaboration and building cross-border networks; and contributing to policy at local, national, regional, and global levels.
atmosphere
Atmospheric Watch
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brick-initiative
Air Pollution Solutions
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Did you know?

At higher elevations in the HKH, black carbon and other aerosols contribute to a temperature increase that is among the swiftest in the world, leading to rapid melting of the Himalayan cryosphere and resulting in consequent changes in downstream water availability.

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Success stories

Our lasting impact

The problems facing the people and mountains of the HKH aren’t just solved with brilliant theories. They are solved by having a hands-on understanding of the challenges of the region, and a truly holistic approach that places as much emphasis on implementation as it does on understanding.

ICIMOD experts provide information to support helicopter relief and rescue missions
ICIMOD experts provide information to support helicopter relief and rescue missions

Events around the HKH

Our involvement

Featured publication

The world of smoke

Air pollution is a growing problem that needs increased awareness among the old and the young. With this illustrated book, we hope to plant seeds of change in the minds of young children.

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News and features

Around the HKH

Regional Programmes

Knowledge into action

Our programmes are oriented towards integrating knowledge and turning research into action.

River Basins and Cryosphere
River Basins and Cryosphere
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Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks
Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks
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Mountain Environment Regional Information Systems
Mountain Environment Regional Information Systems
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River Basins and Cryosphere
River Basins and Cryosphere
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Transboundary Landscapes
Transboundary Landscapes
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Adaptation and Resilience Building
Adaptation and Resilience Building
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