GEO Mountains Workshop: Interdisciplinary Monitoring, Data & Capacity Sharing across the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Thornton, James Matthew (2023). GEO Mountains Workshop: Interdisciplinary Monitoring, Data & Capacity Sharing across the Hindu Kush Himalaya Bern, Switzerland: Mountain Research Initiative

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The workshop was part of a series of regional engagements undertaken in 2023-24 by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) in its role co-leading the Global Network on Observation and
Information in Mountain Environments (GEO Mountains) under the Adaptation at Altitude programme (A@A). The workshop for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region took place from Monday 6 to Wednesday 8 November 2023, and was co-convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The workshop was hosted by ICIMOD in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal. It sought to bring together data providers and data users from a range of disciplines working across the HKH. More specifically, through a series of invited presentation and group discussion activities, the workshop sought to:
• Identify examples of good practice, challenges, and solutions / opportunities regarding mountain monitoring, data exchange, and capacity sharing;
• Enhance the sharing of data, capacities, and training resources between monitoring authorities (e.g. National Hydrological and Meteorological Services; NHMSs) and researchers, as well as identify opportunities for students / Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to (further) engage in mountain monitoring;
• Explore opportunities to enhance the thematic scope of existing monitoring efforts & better integrate biophysical and socio-economic data obtained using different approaches;
• Identify priority variables for monitoring, understanding, and predicting the socio-economic dimensions of mountain systems across the region under global change; and,
• Propose future projects with the potential for high scientific, practical, and/or policy impact which could be conducted collaboratively by some of the workshop participants going forwards.

The workshop was attended by researchers, representatives of national environmental monitoring agencies, and other local institutions. In total, 82 participants attended the workshop, of whom 62 attended in person and 20 online. Participants came from across the region, including Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and China. In addition, researchers working in the region or in a co-convening role from France, Italy, Romania, the UK, Switzerland, and Germany were in attendance. For the full list of in person attendees, see Annex 2.
This report presents the workshop proceedings and summarises the key points, outcomes, and recommendations that arose from the discussions.

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10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Thornton, James Matthew


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology


Mountain Research Initiative


[1265] Mountain Research Initative
[805] Sustainability Governance




Melchior Peter Nussbaumer

Date Deposited:

30 Jan 2024 12:20

Last Modified:

30 Jan 2024 15:12

Additional Information:

Final Workshop Report (for Dissemination)




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