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Impact of climate change on the mountains - Key findings of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment report and lessons for sustainable mountain development
9 Jul 2019 -  Extending over 3,500 km from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) mountains are home to world’s highest peaks, rich biodiversity, unique cultures, and vast reserves of natural resources.
ICIMOD’s recent Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment report presents a cautionary picture of the impact of climate change in HKH region as it synthesizes various scientific studies. A first of its kind in its comprehensiveness and focus, the report provides an assessment of one of the world’s most significant yet often overlooked mountain regions, exposing the fragility of not just the region but its ecosystems as a whole.
This side event is aimed at bringing together representatives from governments across the HKH and from other mountain regions around the world, as well as other stakeholders, to raise awareness about the key findings and recommendations of the report. As the High-Level Political Forum under the auspices of ECOSOC will review SDG 13 on climate action as well, the HKH Assessment report presents a timely reminder on what the stakes are if climate change remains unchecked.
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