About the event

In collaboration with the Government of Nepal and GRAPE, ICIMOD is hosting an international resilient solutions conference and expo to showcase innovative solutions and investment opportunities for green mountain economy. The conference will take stock of existing solutions, assess their scalability, and select solutions for their scaling potential in the HKH region. ICIMOD strives to identify, package, and demonstrate innovative and context specific solutions for the region. Through this conference, we aim to facilitate South-South learning, foster innovation, and promote solutions for sustainable transitions.

The resilient solutions conference and expo 2022 will bring together experts, public and private sector, international agencies, academia, community-based organisations, youth, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and developmental partners.

Alongside the conference, ICIMOD will be hosting a one-day expo (6 December 2022) where participants will demonstrate innovative solutions that build the resilience of communities, reduce risks of climate change, and promote green mountain economy.

Objectives

  • Bring together solution innovators and solution users to showcase the science and innovation of resilient solutions they have adopted for addressing socio-economic and environmental challenges
  • Learn from experts, investors, and decision-makers on how the solutions can be scaled in the HKH
  • Deliberate on issues and solutions for promoting green mountain economy in the HKH

Expected outcome

  • Shared understanding of solutions with policy, capacity, finance, partnership and GESI recommendations, and scaling potential
  • Adaptation solutions portal promoted and updated with scalable solutions and innovations
  • Short explainer videos of selected innovative solutions contributing to green mountain economy

Final name list of selected solutions for the expo

 

S.N. Name Country Institution/Organization
1 Ajaz Ahmed Pakistan Khyber Pukhtunkhaw Forest Department/Chilghoza Ecosystem Project Chitral
2 Anisha Karn Nepal SmartPaani Pvt. Ltd.
3 Bjorn Soderberg Nepal Build up Nepal Engineering
4 Deki & Tshering Choden Bhutan Deki Natural Dyes
5 Eni Shrestha Nepal WindPower Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
6 Gunjan Ghimire Nepal Chyau Bio-Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
7 Narayan Acharya Nepal Sustainable Future Nepal
8 Nripal Adhikary Nepal Abari
9 Rajnish Jain India Avani
10 Ramesh Timilsina Nepal  Independent
11 Sanjay Swami India Central Agricultural University
12 Suraj Shrestha Nepal S & N Enterprises
13 Suyam Baidya Nepal Green Coins
14 Suyam Baidya Nepal Green Coins
15 Yuming Su China State Key Laboratory, SSU
16 Yuming Su China Yangtze River Delta Smart Water Research Institute

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Individuals, organisations, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and research institutions can submit tested solutions including technologies with the potential for scaling up and building resilience
  • Preference will be given to proven solutions that are innovative and inclusive
  • More than one solution can be submitted

We expect participants to cover their own costs to attend the conference. However, some selected proposals maybe supported on a need basis.

Important dates

5 September 2022: Call for proposals

16 October 2022: Deadline for submitting proposals

21 October 2022: Announcement of selected proposals

5-7 December 2022: Conference and Expo

Agenda

Knowledge and solution innovations

Time (NPT) Programme
08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Inaugural session: Welcome and scene-setting
10:00-10:30 Tea/Group photo
10:30-12:00 Plenary session

Resilient solutions: Where are we in terms of science and innovations?

12:00-13:00 Poster session
13:00-14:00 Networking lunch
14:00-15:30 Parallel sessions

Innovative solutions for a greener, inclusive, and climate-resilient HKH

A: Reducing transboundary risk and adaptation B: Improving biodiversity and environmental health C: Improving air quality D: Promoting green mountain economies
15:30-15:50 Tea
15:50-17:00 Interactive panel

Solution cases: Innovative solutions from beyond HKH

18:00-20:00 Reception dinner

Expo on innovative solutions for scaling, ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari

Time (NPT) Programme
9:00-10:00 Expo inauguration
10:00-13:00 Marketplace

Innovative solutions for scaling

13:00-14:00 Networking lunch
14:00-15:30 Plenary session: Diplomats’ feedback and way forward
15:30-17:00 Visit to the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari and knowledge networking
17:00 Travel back from Godavari

Innovations, Investments and Scaling

Time (NPT) Programme
9:00-10:30 PLENARY SESSION: Understanding policy enablers and barriers
10:30- 11:00 Tea
11:00-12:30 Parallel sessions: Accelerators of innovative solutions
A: Role of women and youth B: Gender, Equity, and Social Inclusions C: Technological innovations and digital solutions D: Regional cooperation and partnerships
12:30-13:30 Dialogue cafe
13:30-14:30 Networking lunch
14:30-16:00 Plenary session: Investors dialogue for financing with the private sector
16:00-16:30 Tea
16:30-17:30 Closing session

Background

Climate change presents serious challenges for the HKH region. The HKH is the pulse of the planet – what happens here affects the livelihoods of nearly two billion people, or one-fourth of humanity. Therefore, there is an urgent need to support transformative action – at scale and speed – to build the resilience of mountain communities in the HKH.

Mountain regions in the HKH have a huge potential for innovation in technology, processes, and functions to promote green economy. Although the HKH region hosts a variety of solutions, they are mostly scattered, poorly promoted and/or confined to particular geographies, and mostly implemented as standalone solutions. The challenge is not only to design and test customised solutions but also to out/upscale solutions, which are successfully piloted in small clusters. Therefore, for the wider uptake and adoption of resilient solutions, more investment is required in research, technology development, and innovation for transitioning to green economy. Given the current pace of climate change, there is a need to focus on promoting proven and actionable solutions that are economically viable and socially inclusive, for enhancing the resilience of mountain communities.

About the organisers

ICIMOD

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is an intergovernmental knowledge and learning centre working on behalf of the people of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). We are based in Kathmandu, Nepal, and work in and for our eight regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. We work to improve the lives and livelihoods of men, women, and children of the HKH and protect mountain environments and cultures. The knowledge we create, and share helps the people of the HKH become more resilient, make the most of new opportunities, and prepare for change. Our work strengthens regional cooperation for conservation and sustainable mountain development.

Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of Nepal

The Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE) is a governmental entity of Nepal responsible for the conservation and management of forests and the environment in the country. Its main purposes are to enhance sustainable growth of forest and water sector and to manage biodiversity. MoFE also looks after the promotion and development of forest-related industries to alleviate poverty in the rural areas of Nepal.

GRAPE

GRAPE is jointly planned and financed by the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Scientific committee

Surendra Raj Joshi
Surendra Raj Joshi

Head ICIMOD Knowledge Park Godavari

Nanda Kishor Agrawal
Nand Kishor Agrawal

Programme Coordinator, Resilient Mountain Solutions Initiative

Srijana Joshi

Ecosystem Specialist

Erica Udas
Erica Udas

Ecosystem Analyst

Bidya Banmali Pradhan

Regional Programme Manager, Atmosphere

Bandana Shakya
Bandana Shakya

Theme Leader, Ecosystems

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Srijana Joshi       Santosh Paudel       Akshay Gurung