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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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The promise of new beginnings

I'd like to extend my warmest wishes to all our friends for this New Year, which I hope will bring good health, good work, and prosperity! Since the turn of the new year, we've been thinking a lot about the future of the HKH region as we're fully engaged in a strategy development process that will help us define our next planning period from 2023 to 2030 and help us as an institution focus on where we can have the greatest impact. Given that the UN has declared 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, this is the perfect time to gear up for accelerated action for mountains and people!  

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Featured events

Date: 07 Feb 2022

Refresher training on using GIS for monitoring forest cover change and carbon stocks

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Date: 14 Mar 2022

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

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Featured news/articles

Honouring pandemic heroes of the mountains


Ensuring long-term data series on Trambau and Trakarding glaciers, Rolwaling Valley

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Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs in the border areas of China and Myanmar

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A step towards mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion for transformative change

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Piloting permafrost research in Humla

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Economics and the environment

Featured videos

Demonstration of HydroSAR product quick guides ' Lori Schultz, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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

Overview of the HydroSAR surface water extent product ' Franz Meyer, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Demonstration of the flood inundation web application ' Sudip Pradhan, ICIMOD

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Featured dataset

A checklist of Mistletoes of Nepal

This dataset lists 21 species of Mistletoes compiled from literature resources as indicated in the dataset. Mistletoes constitute a polyphyletic group of flowering parasitic plants and are commonly known as 'Ainjeru' or 'Lisso' in Nepali. Mistletoes are entirely dependent on their hosts for water and nutrients and affect their hosts mainly by competing for limited resources.

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Proceedings of the training on Regional climate change projections: Spatial and temporal climate change analysis using CORDEX regional climate models for 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. Afghanistan's glacier dataset (1990'2015) was released in 2018.

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Published in journals

Nepal, M; Karki Nepal, A; Khadayat, MS; Rai, RK;  Shyamsundar, P; Somanathan, E  (2022). 'Low-cost strategies to improve municipal solid waste management in developing countries: Experimental evidence from Nepal.' In Environmental and Resource Economics DOI: 10.1007/s10640-021-00640-3.

Shrestha, L;  Sarkar, MS;  Shrestha, K;  Aung, PS;  Wen, X;  Yongping, Y;  Zhipang, H;  Xuefei, Y;  Shaoliang, Y; Chettri, N  (2022). 'Mammalian research, diversity and conservation in the Far Eastern Himalaya landscape: A review.' In Global Ecology and Conservation 34: e02003  DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2022.e02003.

Wangchuk, KGurung, JPasakhala, BThapaliya, PGurung, K; Rana, PJB  (2021). 'Wood for thought? Untold consequences of the Himalayan gold collection in the Central Himalaya.' In Environmental Challenges 5: 100295  DOI: 10.1016/j.envc.2021.100295.


Journal special issue

Environmental Challenges ' Special Issue of 'Kailash Sacred Landscape'

Edited by Srijana Joshi, Peili Shi, Bharat Babu Shrestha, Vikram Negi

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. It provides them an opportunity to share their findings with peers and other interested stakeholders, exchange ideas and methodologies, and explore research collaboration and networking opportunities.

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