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The year 2021 was an eventful year, full of challenges and good work. We kept in touch online and physically whenever possible, and we thank you all for your support in continually engaging with our initiative and contributing towards our vision for a prosperous, healthy Kailash Sacred Landscape. In this newsletter, we are pleased to share with you the highlights of our achievements over the past year.

We move into 2022 with high hopes and energy. In line with the UN General Assembly’s recognition of 2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, we will work towards achieving conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystem services in the landscape

We extend our best wishes for your good health and happiness in 2022!


Kailash CAFE: Sharing knowledge of a sacred landscape

The Kailash Consortium of Academics and Researchers for Experience-sharing (Kailash CAFE), a four-day virtual regional event held from 20 to 23 April, brought together a diverse set of researchers working on various issues in the Kailash Sacred Landscape.

Cultural Heritage of KSL-India with special focus on Rung community

GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment (NIHE) in collaboration with Rung Kalyan Sanstha and ICIMOD organized a webinar on cultural heritage documentation of the Rung community...

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Women’s contributions to natural resource management and sustainable development

In line with the International Women’s Day 2021, we conducted a one-day workshop highlighting GESI in natural resource management and sustainable development in the Sudurpaschim...

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Capacity building for community-based agroforestry in KSL, Nepal

We organized an exposure visit to Surkhet from 3 to 6 March to help build the capacity of KSL-Nepal stakeholders through in situ observation of timur plantation sites.

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Kailash Confluence 2021: The road to prosperity

In September 2021, we revitalized Kailash Confluence and brought together government officials and stakeholders to sensitize them on the status and prospects of road connectivity in Humla, Nepal.

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Spotlight on KSL Nepal

Flora of Kailash Sacred Landscape Nepal: An annotated checklist Volume 1

The Kailash Sacred Landscape is rich in biological diversity. This publication, the first of three volumes, documents 642 species of gymnosperm and angiosperm flora from KSL-Nepal with comprehensive information on nomenclature, vernacular name(s), growth characteristics, habitat, distribution, ethnobotanical uses and threat status.

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Integrated landscape approaches to building resilience and multifunctionality in the Kailash Sacred Landscape, China

Climate warming-induced rangeland degradation in arid and semiarid steppe imposes substantial threats to the livelihoods of people. But this dilemma can be solved by combining all sectors of agriculture, animal husbandry...

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An annotated bird checklist of community-managed lands in Kailash Sacred Landscape-India, Kumaon Himalaya

In the Indian Himalayan region, community-managed lands such as community-managed forests and agriculture lands play an important role in conserving native biodiversity. Our avifaunal surveys done between 2013 and 2016 recorded 205 species belonging to 52 families.

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Ecological condition and management status of Community Forests in Indian western Himalaya

Community Forests (CFs) are considered as an important means of forest management, biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and ecological sustainability across the world.  

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Climate change observations of indigenous communities in the Indian Himalaya

Mountains are important global sites for monitoring biological and socioecological responses to climate change, and the Himalaya has some of the world’s most rapid and visible signs of climate change.  

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Food from farm and forest, a case study from Kailash Sacred Landscape

People living in the Kailash Sacred Landscape in Far Western Nepal depend significantly on crop diversity, both cultivated and wild, for food, nutrition and income. Nearly 85 percent of households also rely exclusively on wild and noncultivated edible plants for one or more months of the year.

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Illegal wildlife trade is threatening conservation in the transboundary landscape of Western Himalaya

Wildlife is used for a range of purposes such as food, healthcare and ornamentation. Most wildlife trade is legal, contributing to livelihood and income generation for many people including some of the world’s poorest.

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प्राकृतिक श्रोतको व्यवस्थापन र दिगो विकासमा लैङ्गिक समावेशीकरणका सफल अभ्यासहरु- सुदूरपश्चिम प्रदेश, नेपाल

अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय महिला दिवसकै सन्दर्भमा विभिन्न संघसंस्थाहरुबाट लैंगिक समानता र समावेशी विकासका लागि सुदूरपश्चिम प्रदेशमा गरिएका उदाहरणीय प्रयासहरु समावेश गरी यो पुस्तिका प्रकाशन गरिएको छ ।

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Proceedings of the interaction workshop on planning for sustainable tourism in Namkha Rural Municipality, Humla

Namkha, a gateway to Mt Kailash, is a culturally unique and biologically diverse region in the Nepal Himalaya. Our Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative supported the Namkha Rural Municipality in drafting a five-year sustainable tourism plan.

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Healthcare choices and use of medicinal plants: An ethnobotanical study in Kanda area of Bajhang district, Kailash Sacred Landscape, Nepal

This study was conducted in the Kanda Area of Bajhang District, Kailash Sacred Landscape, Nepal. Inhabitants of the study areas have deep and extensive ethnobotanical knowledge on healthcare choices.

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Against the tide: The future of transhumant herders in the Kailash Sacred Landscape of Nepal

Transhumant pastoralism, with its cultural, ecological, and socioeconomic significance, is an important livelihood strategy for mountain communities. Despite its importance, transhumant pastoralism is declining in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

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Entrepreneurship as a socio-economic empowerment tool to close the gender gap in a Himalayan transboundary landscape

Strengthening women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship has been identified as an effective approach to closing the global gender gap. In the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, the gender gap is further exacerbated due to the specificities of mountain environments (i.e., inaccessibility, fragility, marginality and heterogeneity), socio-cultural factors and the political environment.

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Environmental Challenges – Special Issue of ‘Kailash Sacred Landscape’

The Special Issue of ‘Kailash Sacred Landscape’ in the Environmental Challenges journal features papers presented at the Kailash CAFE. 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.

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Featured videos

Kailash CAFE: Sharing knowledge of a sacred landscape [Day 1]

Kailash CAFE: Sharing knowledge of a sacred landscape [Day 2]

Kailash CAFE: Sharing knowledge of a sacred landscape [Day 3]

Kailash CAFE: Sharing knowledge of a sacred landscape [Day 4]

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