ISLAMABAD: A Paksitani think tank and a Kathmandu-based organisation agreed on Tuesday to preserve and protect the country’s mountainous areas.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu for promotion of sustainable development.
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri and ICIMOD DG David Molden signed the MoU here.
According to SDPI, the long-term sustainable development agenda would mainly focus on mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries, including China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bhutan.
Under the MoU, both organisations will work on various common areas like the impact of climate change on the fragile ecosystem and on human well-being, dependence of vulnerable communities on natural ecosystem for livelihood and subsistence.
Moreover, the two will jointly work to promote pro-poor sustainable development policies focusing on upstream-downstream linkages. To achieve the overall objective of agenda, SDPI will facilitate ICIMOG to have an access to policy making forums, especially the Planning Commission.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2015.