|The Hindu Kush-Karakorum-Himalaya is recognized as one of the most culturally and ecologically significant, diverse, and fragile mountain ecosystems in the world. UNEP has adopted a programmatic landscape ecosystems-based approach to conserve biodiversity and cultural heritage in the area.
In this vein, UNEP in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and national partners from China, India and Nepal is implementing the “Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative” to develop a Conservation Strategy with a supporting Regional Knowledge-sharing platform, and a Comprehensive Environmental Monitoring Plan in the Kailash Sacred Landscape within the Hindu Kush-Karakorum-Himalaya.
The first phase of the project will enhance the regional capacity for community-based ecosystem co-management and adaptation to climate change, and culminate into a Regional Cooperation Framework to be endorsed by the three Kailash Sacred Landscape countries – China, India and Nepal.
The UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is coordinating the regional activities and providing the technical oversight of the project.