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Invitation to Participate in the External Review of the HIMAP Comprehensive Assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP), coordinated by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), is producing the first Comprehensive Assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya. The volume brings together collective expertise from more than 300 researchers, practitioners, experts, and decision makers from the region and around the world. The assessment will cover 15 topics from climate change and food security to governance and disaster risk reduction.

The 2nd order draft chapters of the HIMAP Assessment Report are now available for external review through 28 July 2017. If you are interested in reviewing one or more HIMAP assessment chapters, you are invited to download the chapter drafts and Excel review template from the Open Review Forum. After completing your review, please upload your Excel review sheet (one per chapter) on the same page after completing a short registration.
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Several New ICIMOD Publications Now Online

ICIMOD has released several new publications related to climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region. Information on each document, including a download link, can be found below.

Regional Orientation Training on Ecosystem Services Assessment
The Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalaya (Himalica) initiative aims to support poor and vulnerable mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts through collaborative action research and pilot activities.

Strengthening Women’s Roles as Risk and Resource Managers at the Frontline of Climate Change : Adaptation Solutions Brief No. 1
In the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), rural women manage natural resources and deal directly with the impacts and risks associated with climate change. With more men migrating from rural areas, women’s roles as risk and resource managers need to be supported and strengthened.

Participatory Ecosystem-Based Planning and Management: A Resource Manual for Mid-Level Technicians and Development Workers
Management of natural resources (land, water, soil, vegetation) has multiple benefits. It not only provides ecosystem goods such as food, timber, fuelwood but also services like regulation of hydrological flows, erosion control, carbon sequestration and conservation of biodiversity. Sustainable management of natural resources in the upper catchments of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is critical for both upstream and downstream communities.

A Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in Barshong, Bhutan
Occupying nearly 24% of the world’s land surface, mountains are home to 12% of the global population and provide a wide range of goods and services to one-fifth of humanity. The goods and services provided include water, hydroelectricity, timber, medicine, a wide variety of bio-resources, and opportunities for recreation and spiritual renewal. Read More...
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