A joint development initiative of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organisations worldwide to help developing countries use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. SERVIR empowers decision-makers with tools, products, and services to act locally on climate-sensitive issues such as disasters, agriculture, water, and ecosystems and land use.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), as the operational partner for SERVIR Program in the HKH region, has been implementing activities within the overall framework of SERVIR for increasing sustainable use of earth observation information and geospatial technologies. SERVIR-HKH strengthens ICIMOD to better work with national institutions in the region to increase capacity in geospatial and climate data use, promote access to geospatial and climate information, and enhance provision of user-tailored data and tools for decision making. It will work on the thematic areas of food security and agriculture; water resources and hydroclimatic disasters; land cover and land use change and ecosystems; and weather and climate in the region, with focused initiatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
Within its overarching goal of improving climate services, the program focuses on capacity building of regional member countries to improve their application and use of geospatial products and decision support tools. The following are the specific focus of the SERVIR HKH activities:
Other cross-cutting issues such as gender and governance will be integrated and mainstreamed into the activities within the broad program thematic areas.
After the successful completion of SERVIR Himalaya phase I (2010-1015), the second phase initiated its activities with consultation workshops in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan to define the priorities and explore potential collaborations. These consultation workshops further enriched the understanding, based on which a work plan and an M&E framework have been developed. The M&E framework includes - theory of change and impact pathway for SERVIR HKH; potential actors; M&E plan; and broad activities for 2015-2020.
A regional workshop is organised to bring in the collaborating partners from the regional countries to provide inputs and feedback to the M&E framework and develop a common understanding on partnership for design and implementation of SERVIR-HKH activities.
The workshop will bring together the collaborating partners and provide a common understanding of SERVIR-HKH approaches to partnerships, and M&E framework for achieving outcomes and impacts.
Senior management/professional staff of the collaborating institutions from the regional countries are invited to attend the workshop. The targeted staff are expected to be already involved with SERVIR-HKH in some capacity in the first phase or during the initial consultation process.
The workshop will contribute to finalise the M&E Framework including Theory of Change and Impact Pathway approaches and to develop a partnership and communication strategy for SERVIR-HKH.