One of our valued partners, ICIMOD, participated in the conference on sustainable development in the Arctic - Arctic Frontiers. After the conference, Director General of ICIMOD, David Molden, issued a statement on how the Hindu Kush Himalayan and Arctic Council can work together:
"As a regional inter-governmental body that works specifically for mountains and mountain people, ICIMOD has the convening strength to bring Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries together to tackle common mountain challenges. With a unique remit to work on issues that span country boundaries, ICIMOD also recognizes the work of other regional collaboration institutions like the Arctic Council – a high-level intergovernmental forum to address issues facing the countries and indigenous people of the Arctic.
At the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway, this year, ICIMOD organized two side events to better understand and explore the potential for strengthened collaboration between institutions in the HKH and the Arctic. These events brought together researchers, policy makers, universities, and community representatives from the Arctic and the HKH for a science-policy dialogue on regional and inter-regional collaboration.
The Arctic and the Hindu Kush Himalaya are both climate change hotspots facing similar challenges related to high latitude/high altitude ecosystems. Both regions exhibit a strong need for sustainable development and environmental protection that requires successful collaboration between countries sharing their resources."
Yala glacier. Photo: Dorothea Stumm
Read more about the initiative at ICIMOD's website.