International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
(ICIMOD), with its headquarters at Kathmandu,
Nepal, was set
up in 1983. It is an intergovernmental
but independent organization with objective of promoting the development of an
economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem in the extended
Himalayan region (Hindu Kush Himalaya), and to improve the living standards of
its mountain communities. ICIMOD is an independent ‘Mountain Learning and
Knowledge Centre’ serving the eight countries of the Hindu Kush –Himalayas; Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, China, India,
Mayanmar, Nepal and Pakistan (Regional Member Countries)- and the global mountain community. ICIMOD aims to assist
mountain people to understand ongoing environmental changes, adapt to them, and
make the most of new opportunities. Three key strategic areas – water,
environmental services, and livelihoods – have been
identified through intensive consultations with the member countries, and the
stakeholders. The strategic area of work of ICIMOD are: (i) integrated
water and hazard management, (ii) environmental change and ecosystem services,
and (iii) sustainable livelihoods and poverty
Grants in the form of annual
membership contribution are released to ICIMOD on calendar year basis. The amount of grants released against the
last 3 years contribution is as follows:
Calendar year for which grants released
Amount of Grants released
Rs. 1.59 crore
(Sanction issued, money yet to be transferred)
addition to the above, one time grant of USD 1 million (Rs. 4.5 crore approximately) was also approved for sanction to
ICIMOD Foundation in addition to usual annual contribution, out of which an
amount of Rs. 2.25 crore and Rs. 1.07 crores were sanctioned on 30th January, 2012 and
30th March, 2012 respectively.
It has been further proposed to sanction/ release the balance amount of
Rs. 1.18 crore to ICIMOD Foundation in the current
main achievements in India
have been in the following realms:
Linking natural reasource
management to local livelihoods.
Integrated Landscape Management for conservation
of natural resources.
Sacred Transboundary Landscape Management.
Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment on Climate
Improving land-based livelihood options
Sustainable Mountain Tourism
Value chain development for enhancing livelihood
options to local people.
Integrated Water and Hazard Management
Environmental change and ecosystem services
Sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction
The above information was
given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and
Forests, Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan to the Parliament.