International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is a regional intergovernmental knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalisation and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people.

ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues. We support regional transboundary programmes through partnership with regional partner institutions, facilitate the exchange of experience, and serve as a regional knowledge hub. We strengthen networking among regional and global centres of excellence.

Overall, we are working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations and to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream now, and for the future.

ICIMOD's Regional Database System provides a one-stop data portal for the Hindu Kush Himalaya: http://rds.icimod.org/Home/Index

ICIMOD’s central document repository and online digital library, HimalDoc is a one-stop portal for publications, journal articles, reports, theses, photos, multimedia and other information resources related to the Hindu Kush Himalaya: https://lib.icimod.org/

 

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Adaptation in Mountains

Mountains are highly vulnerable to climate change. They also provide numerous essential services. This theme explores how mountains and mountain communities can be made more resilient.

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Adaptation Without Borders

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 

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Mountain Adaptation Outlook Series: Synthesis Report

This 2018 synthesis report explores existing adaptation policies in main global mountain regions, and identifies gaps - as well as opportunities - to integrate mountain-specific adaptation measures into key sectoral, national and regional development strategies and policies.

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Glacial lake outburst floods: A shared risk across the Hindu Kush Himalayas

In this case study, explore how glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) affect the countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.

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Promoting ambitious climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

(Videos) This focus day on HKH, which was live streamed from the Cryosphere Pavilion at COP26, explored the scaling up of investment in mountain-specific climate priorities and low carbon development, the dissemination of high-impact solutions that can deliver climate action in the HKH region, and shared policy and youth perspectives on climate action. Watch the recordings of each session. 

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A FRAGILE FUTURE: Can mountain communities adapt to climate change?

(Video) This hybrid online and in-person event presented the latest cryosphere science about the impacts and risks of climate change, and explored good adaptation solutions and experiences, especially in mountain areas, with a focus on developing countries.

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Inclusive Resilience Outlook

This background document focuses on how to build inclusive resilience in the Asia-Pacific region – that is, resilience-building processes and practices that work for everyone. 

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Climate action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

This event provided a platform for stakeholders from the Hindu Kush Himalaya to discuss how regional collaboration can deliver ambitious climate action in the region.

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