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International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)



The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is a regional 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. 

Action pledges 

Hindu Kush Himalaya Climate Change Report


Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas: Enhancing Adaptation Capacity and Resilience of the Poor to Climate and Socio-economic Changes


Building resilience to climate change impacts on water resources of Indus basin

  Bhaskar Singh Karky
Resource Economist
Further information

ICIMOD’s publication in support of the Nairobi Work Programme

Further information on monutains and adaptation to climate change:

ICIMOD's ongoing activities on adaptation and freshwater

Regional focus Asia and the Pacific
Sector Education and training
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Terrestrial ecosystems
Water resources
Adaptation delivery activity Capacity building
Communications and awareness-raising
Disaster risk reduction
Early warning systems
Knowledge management
NWP work area Adaptation planning and practices
Data and observations
Methods and tools
Socio-economic information
Climate hazards Drought
Operational scale Regional

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.