Friday 4 March, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Fontainebleau

The Hindu-Kush Himalaya (HKH) region provides water, ecosystem services, and livelihoods to more than 210 million people and is a source of water for more than 1.3 billion people downstream. Climate change and other changes have already begun to impact ecosystems and communities across the region as well as those downstream. Traditional adaptation techniques, which have supported people in the mountain areas for centuries, are no longer able to keep up with the rapid pace of change.

The Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) has carried out comprehensive scientific research on climatic changes and their impacts on ecosystems, food security and people’s vulnerabilities and has also developed potential adaptation measures at community level, combining local and traditional knowledge with scientific evidence. To effectively support communities in adapting to change, solutions must be developed that take into account in-depth knowledge of both local conditions and broader global and regional climate change trends for the HKH. A critical next step is to engage with decision-makers in the HKH to support the development of appropriate policies and actions based on available knowledge and experiences.

This session will focus on ongoing adaptation research and pilot actions in the region, in particular regarding effective and efficient adaptation strategies to be reflected in the aforementioned policy priorities. The session design will involve a keynote speech and 2–3 presentations followed by a panel discussion to recommend potential adaptation actions and policy development processes in HKH countries.

Chair: Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, Pakistan

Panellists:

  • Eklabya Sharma (ICIMOD)
  • Nand Kishor Agrawal (ICIMOD)
  • Bob van Oort (CICERO)
  • Bjorn Alfthan (GRID-Arendal)
  • Chanda Gurung Goodrich (ICIMOD)

Rapporteur: Nand Kishor Agrawal (ICIMOD)