The Arctic and Hindu Kush Himalayan regions face similar environmental threats: climate change, increasing pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Several significant sources of pollution and contributors to climate change in both regions are placed in the vicinity of the Himalaya. Policy actions in the Himalaya will benefit the Arctic, the HKH, and the rest of the world, and vice versa.
To this end, the event ‘Arctic-Himalaya Futures: Improving Scientific and Political Coordination and Cooperation’ will facilitate dialogue to effectively guide climate policy into the future.
The first session will seek to establish a baseline detailing the current situation and establishing collaborative linkages and interdependencies between the Arctic and the HKH. It will also explore how to enhance these inter-linkages, helping to ensure that science effectively guides all future policies.
The second session will be interactive, exploring ways in which complex pathways informed by scientific findings can strengthen recommendations and political decisions at various levels to create effective avenues for inter-regional communication and coordination at levels unprecedented in the past. Participants will engage in discussions to create a long-term framework to address any shortfalls and take into account emerging areas of cooperation for mutual benefits.
The event is expected to help establish cooperation mechanisms that will include key stakeholders representing both the Arctic and Himalayan regions. One such mechanism could be a working group that facilitates science–policy dialogues and a reciprocal sharing of inputs to solidify, refine, and cumulate the knowledge exchanged into products and platforms that are accessible and comprehensible, and useful for policy makers in both regions.
The event is to be hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, and GRID-Arendal.