According to a new report from International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) have seen a 65 per cent faster loss of glacier mass
GS I: Geography
Dimensions of the Article:
- Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) Region
- International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) Region:
- The HKH region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
- Often referred to as the Third Pole, it has significant climate implications.
- It holds the largest volume of ice and snow outside of the Arctic and Antarctica.
- The ice and snow in this region are crucial sources of water for 12 rivers that flow through 16 Asian countries.
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD):
- ICIMOD is an intergovernmental knowledge and learning center representing the people of the HKH region.
- It is headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- The center serves eight regional member countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Functions of ICIMOD:
- ICIMOD focuses on information and knowledge generation and sharing to address critical mountain-related challenges.
- It facilitates the integration of scientific findings, policies, and practical actions on the ground.
- The center provides a platform for experts, planners, policymakers, and practitioners to exchange ideas and perspectives, working towards sustainable mountain development.
-Source: Down To Earth