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Advocating ecosystem-based adaptation approaches to address the complex impacts of climate change on communities and their environments

Our solutions are in nature

Sustainability at its core requires conscious use of the natural resources at hand, which is all the more critical in fragile mountain environments. Through the years, our work has piloted, supported, and promoted ecosystem-based adaptation approaches that use biodiversity and ecosystem services to help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change since they are ideal for building socioecological resilience. Through our work in resilient mountain solutions and transboundary landscapes programmes, in springshed management, climatesmart agriculture, organic agriculture and in promoting renewable energy through our newly launched Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre for the Himalaya Initiative, we seek to harness nature-based solutions for sustainable mountain development. Supporting this goal, we collaborated with the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in Chengdu, China in December 2019 on a regional symposium which provided insights into the issues and challenges of integrating ecosystems-based adaptation (EbA) into policies and practice. At the symposium, over 50 scientists and practitioners from 35 institutions met to discuss technology transfer, effectiveness of EbA, and issues related to gender and social inclusion in EbA and sought to address problems related to limited knowledge on EbA progress and effectiveness which hinders the integration of the EbA approach into policy and practice.

Through our work in resilient mountain solutions and transboundary landscapes programmes, in springshed management, climate-smart agriculture, organic agriculture and in promoting renewable energy through our newly launched Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre for the Himalaya Initiative, we seek to harness nature-based solutions for sustainable mountain development.

Chapter 2

Knowledge generation and use

Yak as a landscape connector

Regional cooperation on yak conservation benefits forged through events and networks in the Kanchenjunga Landscape

Climate data for all

As a one-stop data portal for the HKH region, our Regional Database System ...

Mapping land cover

High-resolution annual land cover data for the HKH region

3 Dec 2019 Beekeeping
ICIMOD and KHDC organize training on beekeeping in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

A seven-day training of lead farmers on beekeeping was organized from 5 -11 January 2017 with the main objective of ...

9 Jul 2021 HKH2Glasgow
A mountain voice in global forums

Highlighting regional conservation and development issues in global platforms and processes

Organic agriculture

For mountain communities, engaging youth in agriculture and promoting micro, small and medium enterprises are key pillars supporting organic ...

Analysing land use change for improved decision making

Recognising the data gaps in land cover and inconsistencies in land cover maps in the HKH ...

9 Jul 2021 REEECH
Tourism and renewable energy

Innovation with economic, social, and environmental value