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Participant Details

Address (incl. Phone, Fax, website)

G.P.O Box: 3226
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 5003222
Website: www.icimod.org

Representative in STN

    * Name: Ester Kruk
    * Designation: Tourism Specialist
    * Email: ekruk@icimod.org

Year of Establishment: 1983

Number of staff: 150

    * International
Short description of profile of the organization/company/institute

The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) was established in December 1983. Among its founders were the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. ICIMOD is supported by several core European donors, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, and about thirty co-financing project donors. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, ICIMOD serves as a regional knowledge and learning center on the sustainable development of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

ICIMOD was the first, and remains the only institution to focus exclusively on expanding cooperation among the mountain areas of South and East Asia. This is made possible through knowledge and good practices sharing and the facilitation of collaborative networks and mechanisms. ICIMOD's contribution lies in its comparative advantage as the only international mountain learning and knowledge center in the region. ICIMOD's statutory non-political nature has enabled the Center to bring together scientists, professionals, government officials and civil society in finding integrated solutions to the daunting challenges of mountain role in cross- fertilisation of experiences in the region, providing an interface between national and regional policy-makers and development practitioners, and contributing to the development of appropriate policies on land, water, biodiversity, agriculture and livestock, and social equity, leading to allocation of resources in favour of poor mountain peoples and areas.

Over the last twenty years ICIMOD has become not only a model for technical cooperation and dialogue but also a springboard for data sharing and networking the other difficult mountain regions of the world (such as Central Asia, Caucasus, and Andes) are seeking to emulate. ICIMOD has also played a major role in shaping the global mountain agenda through drafting Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 for the Rio Earth Summit, and providing critical input into the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) at Johannesburg, South Africa and the Bishkek Global Mountains Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Stan during the International Year Mountains 2002.
Primary Focus


Tourism policy development

Strategic planning

Institutional development

Human resources development

Sustainable tourism development


Technical support

Others: Knowledge production & dissemination. 

Ongoing activities related to sustainable tourism

Sumit program (Sustainable Mountain Tourism in the Himalayas)

Geographic areas location (DDC/VDC) on ongoing activities

Whole Himalayas (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal & Pakistan)

Planned activities related to sustainable tourism

· Study on social & economic empowerment of porters

· Policy study

· GHT development

Geographic areas location (DDC/VDC) of planned activities

· Porters study- Sagarmatha, Karnali, Makalu Barun

· Policy study-regional

· GHT- regional; dynamic map of Dolpo region

Past activities related to sustainable tourism

See list of publications

Geographic areas location (DDC/VDC) of past activities


Strength of the Organization

Capacity building

Research & publications

Cooperation/ networking with other partners


Awareness building

Technical advises

Monitoring & Evaluation

Rural tourism development

Participatory methods

Tourism curriculum development

Project management