The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) are considered one of the most complex, dynamic and fragile mountain systems in the world, extremely sensitive to the effects of climate change and prone to natural hazards.
The HI-RISK initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), under its regional programme on River Basins and Cryosphere, aims to prevent or minimize the occurrence of water-induced disasters and their adverse impacts in the HKH.
Hi-RISK provides a regional platform for sharing data, information, and good practices on water disaster risk reduction; managing water-induced hazards in river basins; and, building institutional and human capacity for disaster risk communication, preparedness, and response. It seeks to address water disaster risk reduction by engaging with a broad range of stakeholders, including relevant government agencies, disaster management authorities/committees, and at-risk communities.
Hi-RISK contributes to the achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 and (Sendai) targets related to reducing disaster risks, building resilience, promoting local solutions, and fostering inclusion.