The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) is a transboundary collaborative programme between China, India, and Nepal that has evolved through a participatory, iterative process among various local and national research and development institutions within these countries. The programme aims to achieve long-term conservation of ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity while encouraging sustainable development, enhancing resilience of communities in the landscape, and safeguarding cultural linkages between local populations at transboundary scale. The Five-Year Implementation Plan for KSLCDI is a synthesis of proposed activities based on a wide consultative process and national programme implementation plans submitted by partner institutions in China, India, and Nepal. The Plan has been prepared for the period 2012–2017. During this period, the Plan has been visualized according to a programmed cycle of phased implementation of a long-term strategy based on participatory approaches and an improved regional cooperation. The Plan describes how the conservation strategy and comprehensive environmental monitoring plan, along with other programme elements, will be implemented and executed on a regional scale.
The Initiative has five major components as follows:
ICIMOD is committed to promote gender equality through its regional programmes as implementing experiences have established that gender inequalities hinder the achievement of sustainable development. This is why ensuring gender equality has been regularly asserted through many international and regional forums and policies for achieving development and sustainability goals. ICIMOD acknowledges these commitments, and further commits itself to fulfill the goal of gender equality and women's empowerment by ensuring that gender equity initiatives gain traction and lead to genuine transformative change. It also clearly recognizes that gender inequity continues to be a challenge in many societies, including the HKH region, and is compounded further by other cross-cutting social, cultural, political and economic inequalities such as class, caste, marital status, age, ethnicity, etc.
Under KSLCDI, a series of activities directed to bringing women at the centre of conservation and development have been planned. This includes promoting high value products and services through equitable engagement of women and measurable increase in income for both as well as involving women at landscape scale for natural resources management and good governance. Keeping this in mind, training on Gender Integrated Planning for partner institutions in pilot areas of KSL India and Nepal is planned with support from WOCAN. The training aims to enhance the capacity of partners to integrate gender within the planning process and develop strategies for implementation of action plans which focus on gender transformative changes as well as develop strong gender indicators for monitoring and evaluation of the ongoing work. The training is expected to help the partners in consolidating the conservation and development plans for their landscapes with a focus on integration of women in key local development and decision-making processes throughout the project cycle.
Course for country partners of KSLCDI from India and Nepal