International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organising an international conference entitled “Mountain People Adapting to Change” 9–12 November in Kathmandu. The conference gathers over 200 experts and stakeholders from around the globe, including government representatives and high-level dignitaries from the Hindu Kush Himalayas, for discussion and debate on the status of adaptation to change, especially climate change, in the region.
– Change also means opportunities
David Molden, Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), says it is time to move beyond the description of the climate problem, to find solutions that would bring about positive and transformative change. He pointed out that mountain people are experiencing change at an unprecedented rate, and the fragile mountain ecosystems, already experiencing significant poverty rates, are highly vulnerable to climate change.
- However, change brings opportunities. It is through knowledge, ideas, innovation, partnerships, and sharing that we make a difference, he said on the opening of the conference.
New database launched
As a part of the conference, a new Regional Database System (RDS) was introduced. The database is expected to enhance research related to the Hindu Kush Himalayas. It is an open access web-based portal.
Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Kjell Tormod Pettersen, launched the database at the conference 10. November, highlighting how the system is an important achievement for ICIMOD.
– I am sure this will be a huge development which will contribute to the wellbeing of mountains and communities in the HKH region, he said.
ICIMOD is an intergovernmental centre for knowledge development and learning about climate change and other changes in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Norway is its biggest donor.
The conference is organisied in partnership with Grid Arendal and Cicero, centre for climate research in Oslo. You can read more about the conference here.