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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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Break the bias: Towards gender equality in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Each year on 8 March, organizations and individuals around the globe come together to honour the struggles of women for social, economic, and political equality and to celebrate their achievements and contributions to society. At ICIMOD, this is an important day in our annual calendar. IWD celebrations at ICIMOD are not just about acknowledging and applauding the immeasurable contributions of women but an occasion to rally support for women’s rights in the HKH, and to collectively reflect on the challenges to and opportunities for advancing gender equality in our region.

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Featured events

Date: 14 Mar 2022

Remote sensing and field-based glacier and snow monitoring in Pakistan

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Date: 21 Mar 2022

Interpreting mountain treelines in a changing world

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Featured news/articles

Climate services for sustainable mountain tourism


Embedding GESI in natural resource management planning at the local government level in Nepal

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Capacity-building workshop for journalists on environment and climate reporting in Gilgit Baltistan

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Mountain focus in the upcoming IPCC Working Group II Report: Plenary approval process begins on 14 Feb 2022

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ICIMOD collaborated research finds Everest’s highest glacier could disappear by mid-century

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IPCC and the mountains

The IPCC Working Group II report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (AR6 WGII) features a dedicated Cross-Chapter-Paper on ‘Mountains’.

The report was approved by 195 member governments of the IPCC, and was released on 28 February 2022.

Featured videos

When water flows up: water lifting technologies for expanding cultivation in northern Pakistan

A future of healthy and sustainable foods in Gilgit Baltistan (Agriculture)

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Featured dataset

Alien Flora of Nepal at KATH

The database contains occurrence records of the alien plants of Nepal based on the herbarium specimens that have been deposited at the National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories (KATH) of the Department of Plant Resources, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Kathmandu, Nepal. The species included are invasive as well as non-invasive naturalized species. It has records of 133 alien species included in 3513 herbarium records.

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Proceedings of the consultation meeting for GESI-responsive planning process

In 2019, under KSLCDI, HIMAWANTI Nepal drafted and used a training resource book to prepare GESI-responsive five-year natural resource management plans in two rural municipalities of Nepal: Saipal in Bajhang District and Byas in Darchula District. The five-year plans were then presented to relevant stakeholders in their respective district headquarters.

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Proceedings of the training on spatial and temporal climate change analysis using CORDEX regional climate models over South Asia

Regional climate models are gaining increasing prominence in climate change science and literature. Planning for and adapting to the impacts of climate change needs a robust understanding of regional climate change projections for the decades ahead.

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Proceedings of the workshop on distribution of glaciers and glacial lakes in Afghanistan and observed changes (1990–2015)

Together with Afghanistan’s National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWARA), we organized a workshop in Kabul in November 2020 to share databases on Afghanistan’s glaciers and glacial lakes. These databases were developed jointly by ICIMOD and NWARA through our SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative.

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Journal articles

Joya, E;  Bromand, MT;  Murtaza, KO; Dar, RA  (2021). 'Current glacier status and ela changes since the late pleistocene in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan.' In Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 219: 104897  DOI: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2021.104897.

Shakya, SR;  Bajracharya, I;  Vaidya, RA;  Bhave, P;  Sharma, A;  Rupakheti, M; Bajracharya, TR  (2022). 'Estimation of air pollutant emissions from captive diesel generators and its mitigation potential through microgrid and solar energy.' In Energy Reports 8: 3251-3262  DOI: 10.1016/j.egyr.2022.02.084.

Wang, L;  Zhang, D;  Steiner, JF;  He, X;  Chen, J;  Liu, Y;  Li, Y;  Jin, Z; Qin, X  (2022). 'Albedo parametrizations for the Laohugou glacier no.12 in the qilian mountains—previous models and an alternative approach.' In Frontiers in Earth Science 9 DOI: 10.3389/feart.2021.798027.

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