The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People (2019)

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This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people’s well-being. The compiled content is based on the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers, brought together by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This assessment was conducted between 2013 and 2017 as the first of a series of monitoring and assessment reports, under the guidance of the HIMAP Steering Committee: Eklabya Sharma (ICIMOD), Atiq Raman (Bangladesh), Yuba Raj Khatiwada (Nepal), Linxiu Zhang (China), Surendra Pratap Singh (India), Tandong Yao (China) and David Molden (ICIMOD and Chair of the HIMAP SC).

This First HKH Assessment Report consists of 16 chapters, which comprehensively assess the current state of knowledge of the HKH region, increase the understanding of various drivers of change and their impacts, address critical data gaps and develop a set of evidence-based and actionable policy solutions and recommendations. These are linked to nine mountain priorities for the mountains and people of the HKH consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals.

This book is a must-read for policy makers, academics and students interested in this important region and an essentially important resource for contributors to global assessments such as the IPCC reports.

ISBN: 978-3-319-92288-1 (e-Book)
Language: English
Pages: 638
Note: License- CC BY
Table of Contents:
  1. Front Matter, Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction to the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, Pages 1-16
  3. Drivers of Change to Mountain Sustainability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 17-56
  4. Unravelling Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Rapid Warming in the Mountains and Increasing Extremes, Pages 57-97
  5. Exploring Futures of the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Scenarios and Pathways, Pages 99-125
  6. Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 127-165
  7. Meeting Future Energy Needs in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 167-207
  8. Status and Change of the Cryosphere in the Extended Hindu Kush Himalaya Region, Pages 209-255
  9. Water in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 257-299
  10. Food and Nutrition Security in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Unique Challenges and Niche Opportunities, Pages 301-338
  11. Air Pollution in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 339-387
  12. Disaster Risk Reduction and Building Resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 389-419
  13. Understanding and Tackling Poverty and Vulnerability in Mountain Livelihoods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Pages 421-455
  14. Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Stronger Action Urgently Needed, Pages 457-490
  15. In the Shadows of the Himalayan Mountains: Persistent Gender and Social Exclusion in Development, Pages 491-516
  16. Migration in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Drivers, Consequences, and Governance, Pages 517-544
  17. Governance: Key for Environmental Sustainability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, pp 545-578
  18. Back Matter, Pages 579-627


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