Varsities, firms to foster know-how on mountains

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Universities and research institutions working in mountain and hilly regions in South Asia have agreed to work together on research and knowledge-sharing.

During a regional meeting held from January 23-24 in the Capital, experts, professors, researchers and representatives of various universities in the region agreed to develop a network for mountain-focused teaching, research, and outreach in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan have agreed to develop communication strategies to promote the uptake of research results in policy and practice.

According to the International Centre for the Integrated Mountain Development, more than two dozen university vice chancellors, deans, professors, and researchers attended the meeting.

David Molden, director general of ICIMOD, said his organisation was ready to work with the universities to generate new knowledge and technical solutions to address challenges of climate change, poverty and environmental degradation in the region.

The participating universities developed an agenda for working together on research and knowledge generation to support, among others, sustainable livelihoods of the poor and marginalised people of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries.

(Source: The Kathmandu Post)