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Water and Air
I focus on Arctic-Himalaya relations and have also done an extensive review of the existing hydropower policies, acts, regulations and guidelines in Nepal.
Karen Marie Oseland
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse of the planet by helping to increase global awareness and collaboration with the HKH. Specifically, this last year I have sought to bring the Arctic and HKH regions to the table to talk about joint, creative solutions to the world’s climate crisis. What happens in the HKH region is not just a regional issue but one that has global impacts and must involve global partnerships.
Today, there is no greater challenge than the complex issue of climate change. In the HKH alone, the increasing temperatures and melting glacial ice have and will continue to lead to more flooding, landslides, crop failure, and soil erosion, before potentially later increasing the risk of drought, water stress and reducing energy output from hydropower dams. This will have serious consequences for overall food and energy production in the region. Combating and reducing the negative effects of climate change is not something that can be done by HKH countries alone but requires collaboration across borders and continents.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
My work on Arctic-Himalaya relations. This work is fascinating and has not been explored much to this date. I am excited about the huge potentials for increased future cooperation and collaboration between the Arctic and HKH regions.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the polar regions of the world. My passion for one of Norway’s key foreign policy interest areas, “the Arctic,” drew me to the HKH region to explore the Arctic-Himalaya connection.
I have an M.S. in global affairs with a focus on energy and environment policy from New York University, U.S. and a multiple bachelor’s degrees: a B.A. in global studies, a B.A. in political science, and a B.S in geosciences, all from the Pacific Lutheran University, U.S.