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Protect the pulse.

The Hindu Kush Himalaya is the pulse of the planet. Being at the top of the world, changes happen here before they happen anywhere else and the beat of this place vibrates across the globe. We are ICIMOD. Together with our partners, we protect the pulse. 

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Consider the monsoons

The South Asian monsoon is critical for the Hindu Kush Himalaya. It provides much needed water for our rainfed farming systems and recharges our hydrosphere, replenishing the blue arteries that bind our region together. We owe much to this annual weather system for our food-water-energy security, the health of our ecosystems, and the livelihoods of mountain communities.

But the monsoon also has its destructive side. Heavy rains cause floods and landslides that lead to the loss of lives and destruction of property and infrastructure every year. This year has been no different, perhaps even relatively worse than an average year.

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Promoting ambitious climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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Storying climes of the Himalaya, Andes, and Arctic: Anthropogenic water bodies, multispecies vulnerability, and sustainable living

Date: 09 October 2021

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Virtual book launch

Climate change and community resilience: Insights from South Asia

Date: 22 October 2021

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Himalayan University Consortium Newsletter 2021

Read the latest issue of our HUC Newsletter

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Featured news/articles


Building back better: Resilient tourism enterprises for responsible recovery in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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Open-access book on Earth observation for risk reduction and enhanced resilience in the HKH region launched

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Community-operated warnings: Way to minimise flood damage

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Home gardens build community resilience in Myanmar

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Featured videos

ICIMOD: Who are we?

Earth Observation Science & Applications for Risk Reduction & Enhanced Resilience in HKH Region

What is the cryosphere?

WEFE Nexus in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: context, significance and opportunities

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Featured dataset

Land cover of HKH region

Land cover change is a significant contributor to environmental change. The degradation of forests and conversion of natural areas, forests, and farmlands to other land use impact ecosystem services and biodiversity significantly. Using multiple methodologies and input data sources, national agencies in different countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region have conducted land cover mapping at various times. Due to the differences in classification schema, methodologies, and input data sources used, currently available land cover data is not suitable for analysis of land cover changes over time.

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Primates of the Far Eastern Himalaya

This book, which features 16 primate species from the landscape, as well as information on their conservation status, is aimed at general readers and specialists alike.

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The Kailash Consortium of Academics and Researchers for Experience-sharing (Kailash CAFE) [abstracts]

The Kailash Consortium of Academics and Researchers for Experience-sharing (Kailash CAFE) is a digital platform that brings together researchers working across multiple disciplines within the Kailash Sacred Landscape. It provides them with an opportunity to share their findings with peers and other interested stakeholders, exchanges ideas and methodologies, and explore research collaboration and networking opportunities.

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Journal articles

Tsering, KShrestha, MShakya, KBajracharya, BMatin, M;  Lozano, JLS;  Nelson, J;  Wangchuk, T;  Parajuli, B; Bhuyan, MA  (2021). 'Verification of two hydrological models for real-time flood forecasting in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.' In Natural Hazards DOI: 10.1007/s11069-021-05014-y.

Dorji, T;  Wangdi, J;  Shaoliang, YChettri, N; Wangchuk, K  (2021). 'Mithun (Bos frontalis): The neglected cattle species and their significance to ethnic communities in East Himalaya.' In Asian-Australas J Anim Sci 0: 0-0  DOI: 10.5713/ab.21.0020.

Rusk, J;  Maharjan, A;  Tiwari, P;  Chen, T-HK;  Shneiderman, S;  Turin, M; Seto, K  (2021). 'Multi-hazard susceptibility and exposure assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.' In Science of The Total Environment: 150039  DOI:

Veldhuijsen, SBM;  de Kok, RJ;  Stigter, EE;  Steiner, JF;  Saloranta, TM; Immerzeel, WW  (2021). 'Spatial and temporal patterns of snowmelt refreezing in a Himalayan catchment.' In Journal of Glaciology: 1-21  DOI: 10.1017/jog.2021.101.

Book chapter

Chaudhary, S;  Adhikari, BR;  Chaudhary, P;  Dorji, T; Poudel, R (2021) 'Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Status, progress and challenges.' In M. Mukherjee and R. Shaw (eds),  Ecosystem-based disaster and climate resilience: Integration of blue-green infrastructure in sustainable development, 29-51. Singapore, Springer Singapore.

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