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Bhutan, India and Nepal formalize agreement for a new transboundary landscape initiative

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The three regional member countries of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) – Bhutan, India and Nepal – have agreed on an initiative for a new transboundary landscape. Under this initiative, an area of about 16,000 km2 covering parts of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and northern parts of West Bengal in India, and western Bhutan will become part of the Kangchenjunga Landscape, one of the seven transboundary areas identified by ICIMOD in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 05:08

Western Ghats: lessons in protection

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Madhav Gadgil and K Kasturirangan are both scientists of great repute. But both are caught up in a controversy on how the Western Ghats--the vast

biological treasure trove spread over the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu--should be protected. First the

Ministry of Environment and Forests asked Gadgil to submit a plan for protection of the Ghats. When this was done in mid-2011, the ministry sat on the document

for months, refusing to release it even for public discussion. Finally, court directed the government to take action on the recommendations. The Kasturirangan

committee was then set up to advise on the next steps.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:20

USAID Underscores the Importance of Science and Technology for Development in Himalaya Region

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Highlighting the role of science and technology in improving regional cooperation USAID in Collaboration with ICIMOD develop dynamic tools to help to monitor the environment and inform development decisions in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:58

Rampal Electricity Project: An Invitation to a Development Disaster

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Bangladesh is energy hungry. Severe power shortages impede overall development of the country besides upsetting people’s daily life. We cannot isolate ourselves from development in this era of science but, needless to say, we need development but not at the cost of life, or degradation of environment, or bring on developments that incur social and economic losses. For sure we cannot go for developments which will result in self-destruction. Considering the importance of electricity while ignoring the socio-environmental aspect will surely take us on a false road that hides behind a mask of development. We do not deny the importance of development but it must be in tune with the environment so that the human being can survive on our blue planet.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 17:40

Feeding the World: Why we must do more than just increase yields

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A new paper published today by the journal Science argues that to ensure sustainable food supplies for the Earth’s growing population, policymakers must focus on more than just food production.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 July 2013 13:28
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