ICIMOD and its partners, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, have been contributing to biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Himalayas for more than a decade. The opinion now is that climate change is inevitably impacting biological resources, habitats, and ecosystems. There is an urgent need to understand the change and to develop a strategy to adapt to the change - both at regional and local level. ICIMOD is making an assessment of climate change impact on biodiversity in the Eastern Himalayas with a view to developing a future strategy for both conservation and development.
The assessment on “Trends, Perceptions and Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity” is expected to emerge with a broad consensus on climate change impacts on biodiversity and conservation policy adaptations.
The assessment will look at the climate change trends and their impact on biodiversity by reviewing the available information within ICIMOD, its partners, and from public sources. We will also include people’s perceptions of climate change. Biodiversity conservation threats and vulnerabilities will be assessed, as well as how stakeholders are responding and adapting to such changes. We will include an assessment of areas for capacity building and identify governance issues with short- and long-term priorities. Finally, gap areas for future research will be identified.
July 2007 - December 2008
Consultants from Regional Member Countries for the drafting of whitepapers, and survey on climate change perceptions