Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative

The Kailash Sacred Landscape regional member countries, as represented by lead institutions in China , India and Nepal, in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and United Nations’ Environmental Programme (UNEP), have developed a regional cooperation through the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative (KSLCI) project in the last two years with the objective of promoting an ecosystem management approach for the management, conservation and sustainable development of the KSL. The KSLCI encourages regional cooperation, national ownership, and community based activities, participation and ownership to address the challenges of global climate warming and other environmental changes in the region. Similarly, the KSLCI sees to promote, facilitate, and build capacity for sustainable and environmentally sound approaches for development, improved livelihoods, tourism, and alternative livelihood options.

The KSLCI is envisioned as a long-term conservation initiative and has been designed according to a programme cycle of phased implementation with a long-term vision based on participatory approaches and an improved regional knowledge base. The KSLCI has completed the “Initial Preparatory Phase” (July 2009 to January 2011) which laid the groundwork and created the policy enabling environment for regional cooperation and further implementation. For this, the research lead institution and nodal contact in Nepal, the Central Department of Botany (CDB) Tribhuvan University (TU) with the support of ICIMOD and Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal, conducted Feasibility Assessment Studies in all four districts (Humla, Bajhang, Darchula, and Baitadi) of KSL-Nepal, on the basis of which the comprehensive Feasibility Assessment Report, the Conservation Strategy Report and Comprehensive Environmental Monitoring Strategic Plan were prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal and ICIMOD. For further information, visit web (www.icimod.org), and see The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative Feasibility Assessment Report published by ICIMOD in 2011.

The current ‘Startup Phase’ of KSLCI, with duration of eleven months starting from April 2011 to February 2012, will commence with the development of the regional and national implementation framework, and the preparation of work plans for full-scale implementation of the KSLCI. In consideration to the above, ICIMOD has launched the project, with the Central Department of Botany (CDB) of Tribhuvan University, the research lead institution and nodal contact in Nepal. The Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Government of Nepal, is the nodal partner to implement the project in Nepal. Principally CDB, TU will focus efforts to meet the following overall aim, overall objective and expected accomplishments in this phase:

Overall Aim: To promote and facilitate transboundary biodiversity and cultural conservation, ecosystem management, sustainable development, and climate change adaptation within the KSL through regional cooperation, the development and enhancement of the regional biodiversity and environmental knowledge base.

Overall objective: The overall objective of this startup phase is to establish the necessary frameworks and complete the detailed implementation work plans, as required for full implementation of the goals and activities of KSLCI, and achievement of the outcomes as delineated in the Conservation Strategy, Comprehensive Environmental Monitoring Strategic Plan and Regional Cooperation Framework (RCF) developed earlier for KSL area (www.icimod.org).

Expected Accomplishments of KSLCI Startup Phase:

  1. Regional Cooperation for Ecosystem Management and Landscape Approaches promoted and Awareness raised: Endorsement of a Regional Cooperation Framework (RCF) for the Kailash Sacred Landscape
  2. Implementation Framework and Detailed Work Plans for implementation of the KSL Conservation Strategy based on RCF
  3. Implementation Framework and Detailed Work Plans for implementation of the KSL-CEMSP based on RCF
  4. Planning and consultation for community-based biodiversity conservation and management, climate change adaptation, livelihood improvement, and co-management of natural resources by mountain farming and herder communities

For details contact: Ram P. Chaudhary, ram@cdbtu.wlink.com.np