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TWG purpose, significance and role in HUC 

The TWGs endeavor to collaborate on regional research and transboundary projects, joint publications and knowledge depository, sharing and dissemination. The groups provide scientific inputs to communities, policy makers, researchers and professionals through better understanding of the complex mountain processes, tackling challenges, and contributing to Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) in the HKH.

 

They serve to foster issues-based cooperation within networks that are focused but flexible enough to respond quickly to topical HKH issues. They form an enabling framework for development of HUC education and research providing an optimal structure for increasing the knowledge generation and sharing across the HKH.

HUC full and associate members with strong track records in SMD education and research are expected to provide assistance in capacity building to members with lesser capacity. Thematic Working Groups are envisioned to play an important role in this process.

 

TWGs also contribute to the HUC’s strategy for fostering regional collaboration on research, education and training among academic and research institutions as well as scholars and to make HUC a vibrant South-South-North consortium. Thematic areas for joint research cover Climate Change, Cryosphere, Glaciers, Water Resources, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Rangeland Management, Mountain Hazards, Disasters and Resilience, Mountain Livelihoods, Cultural Heritage, etc.

Priority will be given to interdisciplinary research that focus on transboundary issues or upstream-downstream/ highland-lowland linkages as well as gender transformative change and social inclusiveness in sustainable mountain development.

 

 

Thematic working groups

Water

Water group aims to promote regional collaboration on integrated water studies in HKH region.

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Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities

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Mountain Tourism & Cultural Heritage

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Mountain Agriculture

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Himalayan Food and Security

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DRR Resilience Curriculum Cluster

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Cryosphere and Society

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

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Upcoming thematic working groups

Please get in touch with the HUC Secretariat in case you are interested to be a part of and contribute to any of the upcoming TWGs.

Energy

Please get in touch with the HUC Secretariat in case you are interested to be a part of and contribute to Energy TWG.

Nutrition Management

Please get in touch with the HUC Secretariat in case you are interested to be a part of and contribute to Himalayan Food and Security TWG.

Climate Change

Please get in touch with the HUC Secretariat in case you are interested to be a part of and contribute to Climate Change TWG.

Forests, Wildlife, and Rangelands
Air Pollution and Health
Genetic (Biodiversity)