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Regional Programmes

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Programme goal

Enhanced resilience of the HKH to ensure that our mountains and river systems continue to sustain millions of people living downstream

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Koshi Basin Initiative
Arun Bhakta Shrestha

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Programme Manager

Our focus

Healthy rivers, mountains, and glaciers

Increasingly skewed and rapid development, along with climate change, has raised challenges in meeting water, food, and energy demands in the HKH region. Protecting our rivers, mountains, and glaciers is crucial to our securing our future.

The HKH is aptly called the water tower of Asia because it is the source of 10 major Asian rivers. It is also known as the Third Pole as it stores the highest volume of snow cover, glaciers, and permafrost outside the polar regions. It is indispensable to livelihoods, development, and sustenance of approximately 1.9 billion people – approximately a quarter of the world’s population – living downstream.

River Basins and Cryosphere aims to understand and protect our mountain systems and the services they provide. We adopt an integrated approach that transcends scale, borders, modalities, and disciplines. We help communities manage water resources and disaster risks, prioritize the sustainable use of water and land resources to enhance livelihoods, and understand the role of the cryosphere contributions. We seek to secure our water sources, and our future.

Initiatives

Strategic areas of focus

River Basins and Cryosphere has identified particular river basins of the HKH, along with a focus on the cryosphere, to raise awareness on the dynamic interplay between climate change and its impacts on the rivers and landscapes of the region.

cryosphere
Cryosphere
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indus basin
Indus Basin Programme
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Koshi basin
Koshi Basin Programme
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swarma
Strengthening Water Resources Management in Afghanistan
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Hi risk India
HI-RISK
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Did you know that the HKH stores more snow and ice than anywhere on Earth besides the poles? River Basins and Cryosphere works to protect these very vital resources.

Success stories

Our lasting impact

Read about how our approach to the sustainable management of water resources in the HKH region is helping create meaningful impact.

Oxfam in Nepal and ICIMOD join hands with communities to manage flood risk in Nepal
Oxfam in Nepal and ICIMOD join hands with communities to manage flood risk in Nepal
ICIMOD initiative helping watershed communities in the Koshi basin come together
ICIMOD initiative helping watershed communities in the Koshi basin come together
Local stakeholders in the Koshi basin receive training on WUMP facilitation
Local stakeholders in the Koshi basin receive training on WUMP facilitation
A milestone for local water management in the Koshi basin
A milestone for local water management in the Koshi basin

News and features

Around the HKH

Events around the HKH

Our involvement

Clusters

Datasets and science application

Koshi Basin Information System
Koshi Basin Information System
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HKH Climate and Hydrology Visualization and Access Portal (HI−CHAP)
HKH Climate and Hydrology Visualization and Access Portal (HI−CHAP)
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HYCOS RFIS
Regional Flood Information System
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HKH

For mountains and people

Water

A fifth of the world’s population depends on rivers that are born in the HKH. Winding for 3,500 kilometres through remote steppes, terraced farmlands, and crowded cities, the 10 largest Asian river systems form ecological communities that are the homes of 210 million people in the mountains and over 1.3 billion people downstream.

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Community Based Flood Early Warning System

Community Based Flood Early Warning System

CBFEWS is an integrated system of tools and plans managed by and for communities, providing real-time flood warnings to reduce flood risks.

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WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY

Meet the team

Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines and offer us localized knowledge like no other.

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Media coverage

We collaborate with partner agencies across the HKH to foster regional cooperation, synchronize data sources, share innovative solutions, and direct global attention to the region. Learn more about our work and their impacts.

Publications

Regional Programmes

Knowledge into action

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

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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Atmosphere
Atmosphere
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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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