Dear Friends,

The countdown to the start of the CBD COP 10 Conference in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan has
begun! In preparation, I am pleased to share with you information on ICIMOD's
presence at the meeting, where we will be highlighting the importance of, and
challenges faced by, mountain biodiversity; the efforts of the Centre and the
regional member countries on the implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain
Biodiversity (PoW-MB) in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region; and ICIMOD's
activities in support of IYB 2010. The ICIMOD team, led by Director General Dr.
Andreas Schild, will be co-hosting, participating in, and supporting a series of
events and activities in and around the meeting, as well as observing the
negotiations taking place during the plenary sessions.

The flyers for the two main side events and the CEPA invitation are attached. You
are warmly invited to attend if you are in Nagoya; details of the events are shared
below, more details are available at

We will also have an information booth at the Interactive Fair for Biodiversity,
Stall  No. S-182, please do visit us. I will be happy to welcome you and provide you
with any relevant information.

Best regards,



ICIMOD events and activities

1.         Side event:  Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation:
Strategy Towards  'Ecosystem Approach' of Convention on Biological Diversity and
Adaptation to Climate Change

Date:                Friday, 22 October 2010
Venue:              Nagoya Gakuin University
Time:                18:15 to 19:45

Organiser:         ICIMOD in collaboration with UNEP and IUCN-WCPA

Contact Person: Dr Nakul Chettri,
and Sunita Chaudhary

The event is a joint collaboration between ICIMOD, UNEP, and IUCN-WCPA. The aim is
to promote cultural and biodiversity linkages (article 8j of CBD) through
transboundary conservation using an ecosystem approach, and thus develop a future
strategy for the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The event is expected to include
invited presentations from global and regional experts, and a panel discussion with
high level delegates from one of the transboundary landscapes of the Himalayas. Read

2.         Side event: Facing the Challenges of Mountain Biodiversity Conservation
and Management in Changing Climate across the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

Date:                Monday, 25 October 2010
Venue:              Room 212 A Building 2, First Floor
Time:                16:30 to 18:00
Organiser:         ICIMOD
Contact Person:  Dr Eklabya Sharma
Sunita Chaudhary

ICIMOD aims to raise awareness among the international community about the HKH
region's vulnerability as a hotspot for biodiversity and climate change. We will
share an analysis of the implementation of the mountain biodiversity and protected
area programme of work of the CBD in the region, and solicit suggestions for a
regional initiative on research needs related to climate change and biodiversity. We
plan to have a panel discussion with high level delegates from the HKH region.
Overall the event is expected to help in developing a common understanding and links
between the UNFCCC and the CBD Programme of Work on Mountains in the region.
Read more:

3.         CEPA side event:  Communicating International Year of Biodiversity 2010
Celebrations in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

Date:               Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Venue:              CEPA Fair, First Floor, Building 2
Time:                10:15 - 11:30 am
Organiser:         ICIMOD

Contact:            Nira Gurung
Sunita Chaudhary
ICIMOD is celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) 2010 with various
activities including participating in global conferences and meetings, and
organising regional and national training sessions and other events. ICIMOD is using
its experience in biodiversity conservation and management in the Hindu
Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region to commemorate the IYB theme 'Biodiversity is Life
Biodiversity is Our Life' and use it to raise awareness about the value of Himalayan
biodiversity for livelihoods, and the challenges faced as a result of various
threats including climate change. The presentation will be supported by video, photo
slides, and poster displays, followed by a discussion.

4.             Interactive Fair for Biodiversity,  18-29 October 2010

Date:    Monday 18- Friday 29 October 2010

Stall No. :  S 182

Time: 9.45 - 20.00

Organiser: ICIMOD

Contact: Nira Gurung
ICIMOD will have a booth with the theme 'Conservation and Management of Biodiversity
in the HKH region'. We will share, present, and discuss the Centre's biodiversity
activities with the wider global community using publications, posters, CDs and
DVDs, and others. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to discuss with our staff,
sign up for regular information updates, and take away information packages and
materials on biodiversity, conservation, and climate change. A special package of
information will be prepared for COP-10 delegates and provided at a display table in
the COP-10 venue.

5.         Poster Session
Date:    Monday 18- Friday 22 October 2010
Venue: Nagoya Convention Centre
Time: 9.45 - 20.00
Organiser: ICIMOD
Contact: Sunita Chaudhary

ICIMOD is presenting five scientific posters at the poster session to be held in
conjunction with COP-10 on
*    Access and Benefit Sharing in the HKH region
*    Connectivity in Transboundary Landscapes
*    Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation Initiative
*    Trans-Himalayan Transects

6.         Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair
Date:    Saturday 23- Tuesday 26 October 2010
Venue: Room 216 A, First Floor of Building 2, Nagoya Congress Centre
Time:  9.00 - 18.00
Organiser: ICIMOD
Contact: Sunita Chaudhary

ICIMOD will present a series of posters at the fair highlighting the Centre's
celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity. We have been focusing on
using the Year to help a wide range of people understand the value of mountain
biodiversity for the livelihoods of people in the HKH region. The posters will
include such topics as:
*    Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity in the HKH region
*    An analysis of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in
the HKH region
*    Women's knowledge and practices on biodiversity management in the Himalayas
*    Strengthening and mainstreaming value chains for medicinal and aromatic plants:
A Strategy for adaptation to climate change
*    Promoting herbal gardens in schools
*    The value of wetlands
Selected events with ICIMOD participation

7.         Side event:       Implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain
biodiversity: regional approaches
Date:                Wednesday, 27 October
Time:               13:15 - 14:45
Venue:             Room 233B - Bldg 2 - 3rd Floor
Organisers:      UNEP Vienna with partners including ICIMOD

Jointly hosted by UNEP with a series of partners including ICIMOD, the Alpine
Convention, the Carpathian Convention, the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment
(GMBA), and the CBD Secretariat, the event showcases successful implementation of
the Mountain Biodiversity Programme of Work through regional examples. ICIMOD will
be represented by Dr. Eklabya Sharma who will be moderating the high level segment
session.

Selected publications and publicity materials brought out for IYB and in conjunction
with COP-10
Printed versions of most of the following will be available at our information booth
at COP 10, and can also be obtained on request from ICIMOD, Kathmandu. Write to

Information sheets and flyers

1.       Frequently Asked Questions on Biodiversity in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas

2.       Gender Mainstreaming in Biodiversity Conservation and Management in HKH region

3.       International Year of Biodiversity Flyer

4.     Side event flyers (see attached PDFs):

a.     Facing the Challenges of Mountain Biodiversity Conservation and Management in
Changing Climate across the HKH region

b.    Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation: A strategy towards
the Ecosystem Approach of the CBD and adaptation to climate change

c.     Communicating the International Year of Biodiversity: Celebrations in Hindu
Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region

5.        Mountain Biodiversity of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, International Year of
Biodiversity 2010

6.     Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity: a retrospective
analysis in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries(preprint for discussion and comment;
will be uploaded 26 October)

7.     Biodiversity DVD (collection of publications and others)

8.     Bookmarks (set of 15 bookmarks with information related to biodiversity and
its role in people's lives in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas)

9.     Posters

10.  Calendar 2011 Biodiversity for a Better  Livelihood


Nira Gurung (Ms), Communications Officer
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel +977-1-5003222 Direct Line 5003310 Ext 115 Fax +977-1-5003277  Web<>