Forests

Forests cover around a quarter of the Hindu Kush Himalayas. They’re an integral part of the transboundary landscape, connecting numerous ecosystems and conserving biodiversity, sustaining livelihoods, providing timber and other resources and guarding against natural disasters such as landslides, rock falls and avalanches. 

The health and vitality of many forest ecosystems are already affected by climatic as well as land use changes. While the latter may outweigh the former at this point, climate change adds a challenging dimension to future forest management, as greenhouse gas and carbon sequestration are among the key functions that fast-degrading mountain forests must perform. 

In the future, forest management will have to be sensitive to biodiversity and climate needs without short-changing the local communities that look to the forests for immediate goods and benefits. It’s more important than ever to understand the power relations among the various actors involved in forest management, the often unequal distribution of costs and benefits of forest exploitation, and the latest developments in science, economics and sustainable forest management. 

The paramount role of forests in adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change has become a global concern. Yet forest ecosystems continue to degrade and fragment. ICIMOD is seeking the knowledge and management tools to reverse that trend and preserve the forests of the Hindu Kush Himalayas for the benefit of the region’s people and the future of the world.

Mega event

Transforming Mountain Forestry 

Bridging transboundary challenges with 21st century paradigms for the welfare of mountain people,forests and environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Dehradun, India

18 - 22 January 2015

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This is a list of seed plants (gymnosperms and angiosperms) recored from the Singhalila Senchal corridor


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This is a list of seed plants (Angiosperms and gymnosperms) recorded from Senchal Mahananda Corridor.


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This is a list of seed plants (angiosperms and gymnosperms)recorded from the Singhalila National Park in India.


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This is a list of seed plants (angiosperms and gymnosperms) of the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary in India.


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This is a list of seed plants (angiosperms and gymnopserms) recorded from the Neora valley National Park in India.


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This is a list of seed plants (angiosperms and gymnosperms) recorded from the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary.


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This is a list of seed plants (Angiosperms and gymnosperms) recorded from Neora Valley Toorsa Corridor.


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This is a list of seed plants (angiosperms and gymnoperms) recorded from the Kangchenjunga Corridor on the Nepal side of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve.


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Digital polygon dataset of Community Forest Boundary of Ludhi Khola Watershed, Gorkha, Nepal. This dataset is created using GeoEye 0.5 meter spatial resolution satellite image of November 2009 and field verified in 2010. The data was prepared for the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Pilot Project. This is a joint project of ICIMOD with Asian Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) and Federation of Community for Forest Users of Nepal (FECOFUN) funded by NORAD.


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Digital polygon dataset of Community Forest area Boundary of Charnawati Watershed, Dolakha, Nepal. This dataset iscreated using GeoEye 0.5 meter spatial resolution satellite image of November 2009 and field verified in 2010. The data was prepared for the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Pilot Project. This is a joint project of ICIMOD with Asian Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) and Federation of Community for Forest Users of Nepal (FECOFUN) funded by NORAD.


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