Working together for the Himalayas and beyond

Dr. Andreas Schild, Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), visited IUCN’s headquarters on 1 September to sign a memorandum of understanding with IUCN. IUCN and ICIMOD have collaborated for many years at a project level, particularly in the Hindu Kush – Himalayan (HKH) region, but this MoU marks a new phase in the relations between these two organisations

Sue Mainka, Andreas Schild and Bill Jackson at the signing of the agreement Photo: IUCN

ICIMOD is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2008 and is re-focusing its work on three key threats to mountain ecosystems and sustainable mountain development, namely climate change, economic globalisation and population migration. The first two of these issues have direct relevance to the thematic priorities in IUCN’s proposed new programme and the opportunities for collaboration are great. As ICIMOD moves to address these new issues, DG Schild says, “We would like to build on the complementarity between our two organisations. ICIMOD has specific Hindu Kush – Himalayan mountain related expertise on the ground and IUCN brings a global perspective and experience to help us address local problems.”

IUCN’s Deputy Director General, Dr. William Jackson, welcomed “the opportunity for ICIMOD and IUCN to forge stronger linkages to address crucial environmental and social challenges facing Himalyan people.

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