Mountain regions cover about 24% of the earth surface and provide important ecosystem services to almost half of humanity around the world. It is estimated that the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) ecosystem alone provide goods and services to about 1.5 billion people living in the mountains and it’s downstream. While the Himalayan ecosystem functions as a life support system, it is also recognized as one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world due to climate change and rapid social transformations that are taking place due to globalization.
Mountain areas with often difficult terrain and high degree of inaccessibility present a formidable challenge to collect and manage data and information. Earth observation (EO) in combination with the emerging Geo-information and communications technologies, and new innovations provide viable solutions to bridge the important data and knowledge gaps in the region as aspired by the GEO’s vision.
Himalayan GEOSS will develop a platform for regional collaboration by bringing together all the GEO member organizations and thematic line agencies from the region working on EO and Geospatial technologies. Regional meetings and workshops will be organized for policy dialogs and exchanges of technical knowledge. It is expected that the activities of Himalayan GEOSS will ultimately contribute to development of SDI in the region through promotion of policy, standards and practices for open access to data, information and services.
Activities for the period
In the initial phase, the activities will focus on setting up a conceptual framework for Himalayan GEOSS and ensure participation from the member organizations and line agencies in the region. Institutional mechanism for implementation and coordination will be defined through consultations with partner organizations. More specifically, the following activities will be carried out.
ICIMOD has become is Participating Organization in GEO and the third SERVIR node for the HKH region. As such, it has been able to draw a significant mileage from increasing interests from international agencies and regional and global level initiatives.
Members: Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, USA.
Participating Organizations: ICIMOD.
Others: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar.
Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)