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If challenges provide us opportunities to learn, then 2020 has certainly been a year of great learning. Among many, an important learning was that physical distance can be overcome via digital technology. As a result, we had a busy schedule in 2020 despite the global pandemic. We greatly appreciate all the work that was done in the Kailash Sacred Landscape in 2020.

We dedicate this issue of Kailash Connections to Dr Ranbeer Singh Rawal, Director, GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, India. Dr Rawal, one of the key designers of the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative, was an active proponent of this programme. Under his guidance and leadership, the programme achieved many milestones in the landscape. Dr Rawal passed away in Bareilly, India, on 23 April 2021.

Tributes to Dr Ranbeer Singh Rawal from team members of the Kailash Initiative in China, India, Nepal and ICIMOD.


Webinar: Transboundary forum on biodiversity management

On 29 December 2020, GBP NIHE brought together local communities and resource managers from India and Nepal on a digital platform to harness opportunities for transboundary cooperation in managing biodiversity within the Kailash Sacred Landscape.

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Exploratory assessment of the export potential of Sudurpashchim Province, Nepal

Based on the exploratory assessment of the export potential of Sudurpashchim Province, a workshop was conducted in Dhangadhi on 24 December 2020 to share the findings and identify the way forward.

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Including neglected voices in natural resource management planning

Women are primary users of natural resources; yet their voices are rarely sought when plans are prepared to manage natural resources. Similarly, other disadvantaged groups, including minority social and ethnic communities, are seldom included in the planning process.


Spring revival with Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices in the mid-hills of Uttarakhand, India: Northwestern Himalayas

Springs, the “blue life-points” of Himalayan mountain populations, are recharged through springshed protection, community forest management, conservation of broadleaf forests and recharge structures. The illustrated Policy Brief presents for this case study the main impacts of SLM both on- and offsite with facts, figures and latest insights.

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Spotlight on KSL India

Caterpillar fungus in the Himalaya, current understanding and future possibilities

The caterpillar fungus is a high-value medicinal species that is found in the highlands across the Himalaya. It is a focus of our work in the Kailash Sacred Landscape – both the environmental as well as the socio-economical aspects. This book is a comprehensive documentation of knowledge related to the species, with a focus on the Indian Himalayan Region.

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Proceedings of the workshop on Prakriti Ahwaan: Local-level cross-border exchange for biodiversity management in the Kailash Sacred Landscape – India and Nepal

On December 2019, KSLCDI organized a second cross-border forum under the title ‘Prakriti Ahwaan’ in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India.

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Proceedings of the workshop on Environmental management in a changing climate: Communicating local perspectives from the Kailash Sacred Landscape

Effective ecosystems management and building the resilience of local communities are amongst the main goals of our Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI)

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Village level natural resource management action plan [Saipal Rural Municipality]

Through the Kailash Sacred Landscape Initiative, ICIMOD and HIMAWANTI Nepal worked with Saipal Rural Municipality in Bajhang District to prepare GESI-responsive five-year action plan for natural resource management.

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Journal articles

Agromorphological diversity of high altitude bean landraces from Kailash Sacred Landscape of Nepal

Many varieties of bean are widely grown across diverse agro-ecological zones in Nepal. And opportunities exist for improving the crops and enhancing their resilience to various biotic and abiotic stressors.

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Actors in customary and modern trade of Caterpillar Fungus in Nepalese high mountains: who holds the power?

This paper assesses the supply chain of Yartsagunbu (Caterpillar Fungus) in Darchula district of Nepal to identify who holds the power and how they gain power for management and marketing.

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Biodiversity conservation and management in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region: Are transboundary landscapes a promising solution?

Maintaining the health of biodiversity and ecosystem services is becoming an increasingly important concern for the global community.

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