International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
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Formation5 December 1983
HeadquartersLalitpur, Nepal
8 member countries
Director General
Dr Pema Gyamtsho[1]

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas.[2] ICIMOD serves eight regional member countries (RMCs) of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan—and the global mountain community.

Founded in 1983, ICIMOD is based in Lalitpur, Nepal, and brings together a partnership of its regional member countries, partner institutions, and donors to secure a better future for the people and environment of the extended Himalayan region.


Men, women, and children of the Hindu Kush Himalayas enjoy improved well being in a healthy environment.


To enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation.


The idea of creating an institution to promote the ecologically sound development of mountainous regions was discussed at the International Workshop on the Development of Mountain Environment in December 1974 in Munich, Germany, but it was only five years later in 1979 during a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Regional Meeting in Kathmandu, under the framework of the Man and the Biosphere Programme, that concrete commitments were made to establish the centre. The Government of Nepal offered to host the new institution, and the Governments of Switzerland and the Federal Republic of Germany and UNESCO agreed to act as the founding sponsors. His Majesty's Government of Nepal and UNESCO signed the agreement that provided the legal basis for establishing the Centre in September 1981 in Paris. The centre was finally established and inaugurated on 5 December 1983 with its headquarters in Lalitpur, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year.[3]


  1. ^ "Pema Gyamtsho". ICIMOD. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Regional Information". ICIMOD. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ "International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)". China Environment and Health Resources Hub. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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Coordinates: 27°38′47″N 85°19′25″E / 27.646412°N 85.323542°E / 27.646412; 85.323542