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Welcome to yet another issue of the SERVIR-HKH newsletter! We wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2022 as we share some of our achievements in 2021. The past year continued to be a challenging experience, with very limited engagement with our partners and users. We continued our efforts mostly through the virtual platform, and we were able to organize the very popular training “Empowering Women in GIT” for five countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan.  As travel restrictions across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region were slightly relaxed, our SERVIR-HKH team was able to resume field activities and a users’ meeting in Dhanusha, Nepal, along with several trainings, workshops, and meetings in Bangladesh.

Our key achievements include the launching of the book Earth Observation Science and Applications for Risk Reduction and Enhanced Resilience in Hindu Kush Himalaya Region: A Decade of Experience from SERVIR. Similarly, we launched the Regional Land Cover Monitoring System (RLCMS) for the HKH region and released annual land cover data from 2000 to 2018. The following articles provide details on these activities.

Happy reading and do let us know what you think of our work in 2021!

Birendra Bajracharya


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

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Improving food security in the Indo-Gangetic Basin using satellite data

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Fulfilling a deferred dream

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Broadening the horizons for women researchers in Nepal

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Empowering women educators in Bhutan

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GIT training opens up new avenues for Bangladeshi women

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

As HKH countries face greater threats from climate change, satellites can be enormously useful given the limited access to ground data in the region.

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Data for food security planning in Nepal

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Moving capacity building online

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Monitoring cryosphere resources in Afghanistan

A separate glacier and snow research section has now been established within the National Water Resource Regulation Authority
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These institutional success stories are part of the ICIMOD Annual Report 2020. Read more SERVIR-HKH stories at


Regional Land Cover Monitoring System for the Hindu Kush Himalaya 

RLCMS for the HKH region is an operational service that provides annual land cover mapping and change analysis services.

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Orientation workshop on flood inundation monitoring service using SAR data

22 Dec 2021

Organizers: ICIMOD and FFWC

Training on High Impact Weather Assessment Toolkit

19–20 Dec 2021

Organizers: ICIMOD and JU

Training and national consultation workshop on air quality monitoring using interactive dashboard

29 Nov 2021

Organizers: ICIMOD

Training on Forest Fire Management Information System in Nepal

29 Sep 2021

Organizer: ICIMOD and DoFSC

Orientation training on SERVIR flood inundation mapping service

12 Aug 2021

Organizer: ICIMOD, UFA

Training schoolteachers to disseminate knowledge on Earth observation and geospatial information technology

01–07 Sep 2021

Organizer: ICIMOD, RAN

Training on the use of Earth observation and geospatial applications for disaster preparedness in Nepal

31 Aug 2021

Organizer: ICIMOD

Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Bangladesh 2021 edition

23–26 Aug 2021

Organizer: ICIMOD

Consultation workshop on crop mapping and zoning for strengthening sustainable agricultural practices and policy support through Earth observation applications in Pakistan

11–12 Aug 2021

Organizers: ICIMOD and PARC

Developing an Earth observation-based landslide monitoring and forecast system: Ongoing efforts and future perspectives in Nepal

6 Aug 2021

Organizer: ICIMOD

*PDF copies of presentations and/or recorded video sessions are available for download from the event page.
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Bajracharya, B., Thapa, R. B., & Matin, M. A. (2021). Earth Observation Science and Applications for Risk Reduction and Enhanced Resilience in Hindu Kush Himalaya Region. (B. Bajracharya, R. B. Thapa, & M. A. Matin, Eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing. 
This open access book is a consolidation of lessons learnt and experiences gathered from our efforts to utilize Earth observation (EO) science and applications to address environmental challenges in the HKH region. It includes a complete package of knowledge on service life cycles including multi-disciplinary topics and practically tested applications for the HKH.

Maharjan, S. B., Joya, E., Rahimi, M. M., Azizi, F., Muzafari, K. A., Bariz, M., … Bajracharya, S. R. (2021). Glaciers in Afghanistan: Status and changes from 1990 to 2015. Lalitpur, Nepal.

Uddin, K.; Matin, M. A. (2021). Potential flood hazard zonation and flood shelter suitability mapping for disaster risk mitigation in Bangladesh using geospatial technology. Progress in Disaster Science, 11, 100185. doi:

Zhou, Y.; Zaitchik, B. F.; Kumar, S. V.; Arsenault, K. R.; Matin, M. A.; Qamer, F. M.; Zamora, R. A.; Shakya, K. (2021). Developing a hydrological monitoring and sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting system for south and southeast asian river basins. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25(1), 41-61. doi:

Tsering, K., Shrestha, M., Shakya, K., Bajracharya, B., Matin, M., Lozano, J. L. S., … Bhuyan, M. A. (2021). Verification of two hydrological models for real-time flood forecasting in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Natural Hazards 2021, 1–25.

ICIMOD. (2021). Proceedings of the dissemination workshop on SERVIR-HKH Earth observation and geospatial application services in Afghanistan.

ICIMOD. (2021).  Proceedings of the workshop on distribution of glaciers and glacial lakes in Afghanistan and observed changes

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At SERVIR-HKH, Sajana Maharjan, a Remote Sensing and Geo-information Analyst, is working on our Regional Land Cover Monitoring System (RLCMS) and estimating above ground forest carbon. Her daily work routine ranges from integrating data from spatial and non-spatial sources, performing image processing, spatial and temporal analysis, mapping and modelling, and serving as a resource person in our training events.

Meet our team


Launch event: Regional Land Cover Monitoring System for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

SERVIR flood inundation mapping service

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

Developing an Earth observation-based landslide monitoring and forecast system

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