We are pleased to bring you the first digital newsletter of the transboundary Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI). Our multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-talented teams work on managing ecosystems and building community resilience across China, India, and Nepal. In the future, we hope to also feature news of your work in this sacred landscape.
The KSLCDI brought together communities and local government representatives from India and Nepal through the transboundary forum titled ‘Prakriti Ahwaan’ which translates to ‘nature calling’ in Hindi and Nepali. Conducted in Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India, participants shared their experiences and lessons learned from implementing actions agreed upon during the previous year, and discussed pressing issues relating to nature-based livelihoods and biodiversity management in the landscape.
Provincial-level stakeholder consultation meeting for GESI-responsive natural resource management planning
Through the Kailash Sacred Landscape Initiative, ICIMOD and HIMAWANTI Nepal worked with two rural municipalities of Nepal – Saipal in Bajhang District, and Byas in Darchula District – to prepare GESI-responsive five-year action plans for natural resource management.
The Kailash Sacred Landscape is rich in cultural ecosystem services. iHeritage is a citizen science mobile app that engages community members to map their cultural heritage in the transboundary landscape. The app is currently available in English, Hindi, and Nepali, with plans for developing it in Chinese and Tibetan languages as well.
The region around the sacred Mount Kailash in China hosts an array of spectacular alpine plant diversity. Situated at elevations above 3,700m above sea level, the plants must survive in harsh environments with poor soil, thin air, strong radiation, and unpredictable weather. This photo book engages the reader with stunning photos of selected plants from the landscape.
Proceedings of the workshop on Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme: Outlook and synergy building for 2020 and beyond
In December 2019, professionals working with ICIMOD’s five Transboundary Landscapes initiatives – currently being implemented across the Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir, Kailash, Kangchenjunga, and Far-Eastern Himalayan landscapes – came together to share information and lessons learned over the years, and devise ways to tackle challenges common across these HKH landscapes.
Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) Phase I report 2012-2017
The first phase of the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI), a Regional Programme on Transboundary Landscapes at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), has been completed.
Kailash Confluence: Reviving connections for a sustainable future [Photobook]
In September 2018, Namkha Rural Municipality, Humla, held its first cross-border travel and trade fair – the Kailash Confluence – to celebrate the shared history, culture, and socioeconomy of the populations living in the transboundary areas of Nepal, India, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) of China.
Beyond boundaries: Contouring transboundary landscapes in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
The landscape approach, which informs the Hindu Kush Himalayan transect concept, provides insights into making science more relevant to a general audience and can help research findings gain better traction in regional policies and practices.
Tourism planning (2020–2024) for Namkha Rural Municipality, Nepal, [Proceedings]
Namkha Rural Municipality, located in Humla district of Karnali Province, is the gateway to Mt. Kailash, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. It is one of the pilot sites of the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI).