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Young Professionals learn new ideas on enhancing Adaptation in the Mountains
Forty-seven young professionals convened at the headquarters of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal for the ‘Asia-Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2014: Adaptation in the Mountains: Issues and Gaps beyond Boundaries’. Young professionals came from 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and represented diverse sectors, including government, media, research, academia, and civil society. During the four-day event, participants interacted with high-level bureaucrats, youth leaders, researchers, thought process leaders, and tech innovators from the region. They discussed climate change from multiple perspectives, relating it to government policy, civil society, and international instruments such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They gained first-hand knowledge about ICIMOD’s current research on climate change adaptation and observed green technologies housed at the ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari. In addition, they visited the nearby Kavre District to observe local adaptation measures for water conservation in the middle hills, where ICIMOD is conducting action research in collaboration with the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF) under its Koshi Basin Programme. The Asia Pacific Youth Forum was organized by ICIMOD through its Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN), in partnership with the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). Initiated in 2010, ICIMOD’s youth forums bring young professionals from mountainous countries together to discuss policy needs and, thus, influence the Mountain Agenda at the global level.
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International Conference on Mountain People Adapting to Change: Solutions Beyond Boundaries Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice
The international conference titled ‘Mountain People Adapting to Change: Solutions Beyond Boundaries Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice’ will be held from 9–12 November 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal as ICIMOD’s annual flagship event. The conference aims to strengthen links and promote knowledge sharing between climate scientists, policy makers and practitioners and explore holistic solutions for adaptation that transcend political, sectoral, and national boundaries.
The conference will bring together over 200 experts and stakeholders from around the globe, including government representatives and dignitaries from the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. In addition to high-level panel discussions and internationally renowned speakers, the conference will have a number of dynamic features to promote interaction and the sharing of ideas, including knowledge cafés, daily news bulletins, and live-streaming of key sessions.
The conference will focus on:
- current adaptation science in natural and social disciplines;
- adaptation policy and action;
- innovative adaptation solutions from organizations working in the Hindu Kush Himalayas;
- presentations from young scholars and change-makers;
- good adaptation practices; and
- the way forward for adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
Knowledge from the conference will also be shared through a range of post-conference publications, including peer-reviewed journals.