Constitutes the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, providing an authoritative overview of the region
Assembles the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, practitioners, experts, and policymakers
Combines the current state of knowledge of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region in one volume
Offers Open Access to a set of evidence-based and actionable policy solutions and recommendations and nine mountain priorities consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals
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Table of contents (16 chapters)
About this book
This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people’s well-being. The compiled content is based on the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers, brought together by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This assessment was conducted between 2013 and 2017 as the first of a series of monitoring and assessment reports, under the guidance of the HIMAP Steering Committee: Eklabya Sharma (ICIMOD), Atiq Raman (Bangladesh), Yuba Raj Khatiwada (Nepal), Linxiu Zhang (China), Surendra Pratap Singh (India), Tandong Yao (China) and David Molden (ICIMOD and Chair of the HIMAP SC).
This First HKH Assessment Report consists of 16 chapters, which comprehensively assess the current state of knowledge of the HKH region, increase the understanding of various drivers of change and their impacts, address critical data gaps and develop a set of evidence-based and actionable policy solutions and recommendations. These are linked to nine mountain priorities for the mountains and people of the HKH consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals.
This book is a must-read for policy makers, academics and students interested in this important region and an essentially important resource for contributors to global assessments such as the IPCC reports.
- Open Access book on Hindu Kush Himalaya
- Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
- Sustainable Mountain Development
- Environmental Assessment
- HKH Assessment Report
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the HKH
- Energy Needs in Asia
- Water Security, Availability, Use and Governance
- Food Nutrition and Security in Asia
- Disaster Risk Reduction and Increasing Resilience
- Poverty and Vulnerability in Mountain Livelihoods
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Governance, Drivers and Consequences of Migration
- Environmental Governance in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
- Sustainable Mountain Development
- Environmental Geography
- Climate change management
- climate change
Editors and Affiliations
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal
Philippus Wester, Arabinda Mishra, Aditi Mukherji, Arun Bhakta Shrestha
About the editors
Dr Arabinda Mishra joined ICIMOD in June 2015 as a Senior Social Scientist and became the Theme Leader of the Livelihoods Thematic Area in January 2018. Earlier he was at TERI University (TU) in New Delhi, India, joining in 2005 as an Associate Professor and becoming a Professor in 2013. Since 2008 till his leaving the university, he was also the Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Planning at TERI University and from 2008 to 2013 he had the concurrent responsibility of Director, Earth Science and Climate Change Division in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. Prior to joining TERI University, he was a Fellow at the Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research (CMDR) in Karnataka, an institution affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Trained as an economist and with a PhD from Sambalpur University, he has over 25 years of teaching and research experience, successfully supervised doctoral research of 6 students, published over 30 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters, and has several edited books to his credit. In the past 10 years he has been working in the field of adaptation to climate change – more recently on mountain livelihoods enhancement and resilience building as well – leading major research and consultancy projects, designing and delivering capacity building programmes on adaptation policymaking, alongside integrating research with teaching and curriculum development.
Dr Aditi Mukherji is a Theme Leader, Water and Air, at ICIMOD where she leads a group of 30 professionals in their work on water, air pollution and climate change. Her own research at ICIMOD looks at issues of local water access for the mountain communities. Earlier, she was a Senior Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based at Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has over 18 years of experience working on policies and institutions of water resources management with a special focus on water-energy-food nexus. She has worked in South Asia, the Nile Basin, Central Asia and in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. She has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers, including two edited books by Taylor and Francis. In 2012, she was awarded the Inaugural Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application by the World Food Prize Foundation, USA. She is currently a part of the 6th Assessment Report team of the IPCC and will contribute as a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Water Chapter and as a Review Editor (RE) of the Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Aditi is a human geographer and has a PhD from Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
Dr Arun Bhakta Shrestha is a Senior Climate Change Specialist at ICIMOD and Programme Manager of the River Basins and Cryosphere Regional Programme. He has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, USA, and a Master's degree in Hydraulic Engineering from Minsk, former USSR. Before joining ICIMOD, Dr Shrestha worked for the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nepal. His main areas of expertise include climate change, glaciers and glacial hazards, glacial lake risk mitigation, atmospheric environment, and hydrological modelling. Dr Shrestha has had several publications in peer reviewed international journals, national journals, and magazines. He was involved in the Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Risk Reduction Project and was in the scientific team for the preparation of the First National Communication of Nepal to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dr Shrestha is on the editorial panel for Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk (Tylor and Francis) and Journal of Hydrology Meteorology (Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists, Nepal). Dr Shrestha has been awarded Mahendra Vidya Bhushan (medal) by Late King of Nepal, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah and with Gorkha Dakchhin Bahushan (medal) by Former King of Nepal, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah.
Book Title: The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment
Book Subtitle: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People
Editors: Philippus Wester, Arabinda Mishra, Aditi Mukherji, Arun Bhakta Shrestha
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: ICIMOD, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-92287-4Published: 25 January 2019
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-95051-8Published: 21 January 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-92288-1Published: 04 January 2019
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXII, 627
Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 176 illustrations in colour