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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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A year for mountains

Last I shared a message with you, we had just celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March, a day I found incredibly motivating, both because we heard an inspiring personal story from our Deputy Director General, Izabella Koziell, and many of our colleagues presented about how their work breaks biases. You can view their presentations here

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Featured events

08 Apr 2022

Promoting circuit tourism and winter sports in Bam-e-Dunya

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13 Apr 2022

IPCC 6th Assessment Report: An exchange with the lead authors

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19 Apr 2022

Strengthening transboundary cooperation to manage human–wildlife conflict in the Kangchenjunga Landscape

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25 Apr 2022

Exploring future investment in biodiversity research and monitoring

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Deadline: 1 Sep 2022

Story competition: Stories of climate change from across the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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Deadline: 10 Sep 2022

Photo contest: Unsung warriors: Breaking the bias for disaster resilience in the Koshi basin

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Featured news/articles


ICIMOD becomes an institutional member of the NDC Partnership

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Assured markets for yak dairy products to sustain an age-old herding culture in the Kangchenjunga Landscape

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Climate change and water security in the mountains of Pakistan

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Promoting homestays and transboundary tourism circuits in the Kangchenjunga Landscape

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Himalayan springs and groundwater: Making the invisible visible

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FCDO and ICIMOD collaborate with the Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change to generate data on brick industry emissions

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Experts discuss policy perspectives on air pollution solutions with young business entrepreneurs from Bhutan and Nepal

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Featured videos

Mountain women on the frontlines of climate action!

Closing the STEM gender gap: Training women in Earth observation & geospatial information technology

The future of ecotourism in Gilgit-Baltistan

World Water Day 2022 - Making The Invisible Visible

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Featured dataset

Floristic diversity in the Far Eastern Himalayan Landscape

This is a checklist of flowering plant diversity in the Far eastern Himalayan Landscape comprising parts of China, India and Myanmar. It contains a total of 5283 species collated from published resources such as peer-reviewed journals, books and reports reviewed during a systematic review of plants from the Landscape.

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फोहोरमैला तथा ढल व्यवस्थापनको अर्थशास्त्र : कसरी हाम्रा शहरहरुलाई जलवायु परिवार्तनप्रति उत्थानशील बनाउन सकिन्छ?

SANDEE in collaboration with the Asian Center for Development completed research on designing policies for solid waste management in two cities in Nepal and in Bangladesh (2017-2020). The policy brief summarizes the key learnings from the research. English version is available here

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Building Innovation for Nepal’s Tourism Sector by adopting renewable energy and energy efficient business models project inception report

There is demand for a significant shift in the way tourism enterprises in Nepal are conceived and operated. This includes rethinking the value proposition and strategic orientation of tourism enterprises in terms of the environment and society.

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Closing the STEM gender gap: Training women in Earth observation and geospatial information technology

Over the next couple of decades, jobs across the globe will increasingly require digital literacy and information and communications technology skills, and likely involve the use of geospatial technologies such as Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT).

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Invasive alien species in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Setting management targets for the next decade

Invasive alien species (IAS) are one of the major drivers of biodiversity loss across the globe. They affect natural ecosystems, agriculture, human health, and livelihoods. Invasion rate in mountain ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is likely to increase in the future, leading to greater biodiversity loss.

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Proceedings of the meeting on traditional natural resource management in Limi Valley, Nepal

The local community of Nepal’s Limi Valley in Namkha Rural Municipality, Humla manage their natural resources through a traditional system that combines the issues of ecology, culture, religion, and livelihoods. This system governs aspects of natural resource distribution and harvesting, as well as farming and pastoralism in the valley. B

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Journal articles

Gaira, KS;  Pandey, A;  Sinha, S;  Badola, HK;  Lepcha, J;  Dhyani, PP; Chettri, N  (2022). 'Maling bamboo (Yushania maling) overdominance alters forest structure and composition in Khangchendzonga landscape, Eastern Himalaya.' In Scientific Reports 12: 4468  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-08483-8.

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


Book chapters

Shrestha, KKhadka, UR; Singh Shrestha, M (2021) 'Comparative gis-based assessment of landslide susceptibility of chepe river corridor, Gandaki river basin, Nepal.' In R. Djalante, M. B. F. Bisri and R. Shaw (eds),  Integrated research on disaster risks: Contributions from the irdr young scientists programme, 111-136. Cham, Springer International Publishing.

Shrestha, MS;  Gurung, DR;  Bajracharya, A; Parajuli, B (2022) 'Landslide dam outburst in Myagdi, nepal: Early warning and preparedness key to minimizing disaster.' In R. Sarkar, R. Shaw and B. Pradhan (eds),  Impact of climate change, land use and land cover, and socio-economic dynamics on landslides, 65-81. Singapore, Springer Singapore. 

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