At a glance

Initiative goal

Improved synergy among stakeholders in the landscape for long-term development and conservation of fragile ecosystems

Regional Programme

Transboundary Landscapes

Ghulam Ali

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Programme Coordinator

Our focus

Protecting shared landscapes

The HKPL represents a highly fragile alpine ecosystem with unique biodiversity that is facing equally unique threats. We have mounted a transboundary effort for long-term conservation and development that recognizes the shared histories, environments, struggles, and future of the landscape's inhabitants.

We aim to address cross-border challenges and opportunities through the development of a regional framework for cooperation and understanding. This framework seeks to promote an integrated and participatory approach for conservation, adaptation, and sustainable development. To achieve this, we are involved in expanding the regional knowledge base and communication across countries, building adaptive capacities, and elevating the role of community members in policy planning.

The participation and involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, including local agro-pastoral communities, is essential for the development of an approach that balances the objectives of conserving this fragile ecosystem and fulfilling the needs of communities dependent on the area’s natural resources.


Enhance the livelihood options for people living in the region and promote ecosystem management planning in the landscape

Improve transboundary cooperation among Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan to address cross-border conservation and development issues

Promote knowledge generation and sharing at a national, regional and global scale from the landscape

News and features

Around the HKH

For mountains and people

We have a deep history of work across a broad range of issues enabling sustainable development in the complex environment of the HKH. We have been protecting the pulse for over three decades.



Mountain ecosystems are among the most diverse and vulnerable on earth.

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Two million square kilometres of rangeland sprawl across the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the largest and most diverse mountain setting for rangeland in the world.

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Events around the HKH

Our involvement

Datasets and science applications

Dataset collection

These datasets were developed under the HKPL Initiative. The datasets can also be accessed from the corresponding initiative websites.

Vegetation species in China's Pamir

The HKPL Initiative is a transboundary effort between Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

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Mammal species of Taxkorgan Nature Reserve

The TNR was established in 1984 and is situated in the southwest corner of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in China.

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Land cover dynamics in Pakistan

Assessment and monitoring of land cover dynamics are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources in the HKH region.

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Decision support tools for Central Karakoram National Park

The tools have been developed by ICIMOD in collaboration with UNEP through a Small Scale Funding Agreement under the Karakoram Trust Project.

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Partners and support

Building partnerships for conservation and development in the HKH

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HKPL in the media

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HKPL publications

You will find publications produced or related to this Initiative in HimalDoc, our publications repository. These resources include journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials, among other products.

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HKPL's work transcends geographical boundaries and involves communities from across the landscape. Read more about our impacts.

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About HKPL
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HKPL Partners
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