Protecting the pulse of the planet

We create knowledge

Knowledge is the first step towards innovation and impact. We work relentlessly to understand problems by facilitating research and producing data.

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.

Core pillars

Our activities range greatly from hands-on research and piloting of solutions, to policy implementation with governments, to mountain advocacy on the global stage. What unites everything we do, is a core focus around these fundamentally important defining objectives.

Enhance livelihoods

For centuries, millions of people have lived among the awe-inspiring mountains, peaks and valleys of the HKH. From farmers to fishermen, climate change is wreaking havoc on their lifestyles and livelihoods, threatening communities and their ability to survive.

Sustain resources

From animals and plant species you won't find anywhere else in the world, to ice caps and glaciers that store water for close to 2 billion people, the biodiversity and natural resources of the HKH are in greater jeopardy than ever before, and their loss will be felt across the globe.

Value culture

The HKH spans countries and comprises a rich, diverse tapestry of colors, textures and cultures. The HKH is a microcosm of the world, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Representing the HKH

Meet our team

We come from all the countries in the HKH region and many countries beyond, at present some 19 different nationalities in all, and we’re on a mission to protect the pulse of the planet.

Board of Governors

Board of Governors

ICIMOD is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of one representative from each of our eight regional member countries and independent members.

Board of Governors

Staff and structure

We come from all the countries in the HKH region and many countries beyond, at present some 19 different nationalities in all, and we cover the diverse range of subjects related to sustainable mountain development.

Meet the team

Let’s talk

From general inquiries about our work to specific feedback on our impact, we want to hear from you.

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