Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative

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.

Ecosystem Management Activities

Restoring and Maintaining Ecosystems

East Asian Seas Action Plan

Protecting Marine Ecosystems Using the Green Fins Approach

Protecting and Conserving Marine Species and Habitats

The Great Apes Survival Partnership

Forest Certification for Ecosystem Service

Strengthening Forest and Ecosystem Connectivity in the RIMBA Corridor in Central Sumatra

Integrating Ecosystem Management into Development and Planning

Strengthening Coastal Zone Management 

Mapping and Enhancing Natural Resource Governance in Small Island Communities

‘Removing Barriers to Invasive Species Management in Production and Protection Forests in Southeast Asia

Utilizing Ecosystem Management Tools and Supporting Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Support to Biodiversity-Related Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Regional Global Environment Facility Projects