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ICIMOD Strategy 2030: Moving Mountains

This is a pivotal moment in our history. The world around us is changing and here, on the top of the world, things are changing fast. We are witnessing rapid climate change, biodiversity loss, increased disaster risk, and rising poverty and inequality.

This strategy for 2023-2030 outlines how we will work to address these challenges and achieve our vision of a greener, more inclusive, and climate resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya. It has been developed in response to a request of our Board of Governors and International Support Group to raise our ambition, with ICIMOD@40 in 2023, and in the face of the climate and environment crises hitting the region.

It draws on our learning from the last two plan periods, quinquennial reviews, and a broad-based strategy development process involving staff, donors, partners, and nodal agencies in the Regional Member Countries (RMCs).

It describes our institutional theory of change and the impact areas and pathways that will guide our work to effect that change. It highlights the partnerships that will enable this change – with our eight RMCs; government, civil society, and private sector partners; and our donors and supporters across the world.

The strategy envisages a new and effective monitoring, evaluation and learning system in place to enable continuous learning, strategizing, and course correction, with an emphasis on learning from both success and failure. Lastly, it charts out the resource mobilisation goals that will enable climate action at scale in the RMCs.

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Rajesh K. Rai Srijana Joshi Tashi Dorji Basant Pant
Economics of yak herding in the Kanchenjunga landscape of the Eastern Himalayas

Yak herding is one of the oldest market-based traditions, which is part of an integrated social-ecological system. But, it is at risk of extinction as yak herders are gradually shifting towards alternative occupations. The discontinuation of herding may have several implications such as loss of culture and degradation of the rangeland ecosystem. Though yak herding is not limited to the fnancial aspect of herding, this is considered a main cause of the discontinuation. Therefore, it is important to understand the economics of yak herding. A beneft–cost analysis of yak herding was carried out based on the interviews with 60 yak herders in the Kanchenjunga landscape, Nepal. The results indicate that yak herding is not fnancially attractive. High mortality of calves and adults is threatening this occupation, and degrading rangelands are increasing the costs. Yak herding generates substantial amount of social and ecological benefts in terms of preserving culture, maintaining rangeland ecosystems and curbing illegal activities. If these benefts are included, then the beneft–cost ratio and internal rate of return would be 1.32 and 10.44 respectively. Since yak herding generates low direct profts and requires herders to stay in remote areas, there is a high risk of discontinuation of this profession by successive generations of youth. This study suggests to improve rangeland management through prescribed burning and provisioning of health services, particularly in summer pastures and incentivize yak herders for generating positive externalities


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HimalDoc is the central repository of ICIMOD knowledge products. It serves as an open-access knowledge portal for a wide range of publications related to climate, socioeconomic, and environmental change and sustainable development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. Making these resources and data available through a single interface is crucial to further research, development, and policy making. HimalDoc stores knowledge crucial to protecting the pulse of the planet.

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