India has joined hands with Nepal and China for conservation of the sacred Kailash landscape. Representatives from the three nations, met in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, in China, recently to discuss on the landscape conservation initiative.

A function was held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation on Thursday to commemorate Himalayan Day, which is observed on September 9.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) undertook a series of research activities together with partners in the Eastern Himalayas from 2007 to 2008 to provide a preliminary assessment of the impacts and vulnerability of this region to climate change.

The governments of the Himalayan hill-states and the international donor agencies have consistently advocated disbursal of funds for improvement of road connectivity in keeping with the mandates of a

BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
KATHMANDU
A team of of Sherpas plans to remove bodies of climbers who died in Everest's `death zone', a treacherous stretch that has claimed some 300 lives since 1953

Nepal and China on Thursday resolved a long- standing row over the height of the world

The project on Validating Community-Based Water Resources

Biodiversity is declining seriously on a global scale, underscoring the importance of conservation planning.
Except protected areas and reserve forests, scientific studies on biodiversity of special habitats in India are meager like the other areas of the world. Furthermore, extensive surveys of biodiversity have not been conducted for a majority of taxonomic groups and ecosystem types.

In this latest report ICIMOD has highlighted the vulnerability of the Eastern Himalayan ecosystems to climate change as a result of their ecological fragility and economic marginality.

The overall objective of the conference was to discuss the role of mountains as early indicators of climate change and the impact of global warming on mountain ecosystems. Specially, the actual state and the open gaps of scientific research were presented on several early indicators and in different mountain regions around the world.

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