About the Portal
The HKH Conservation Portal has been developed to serve as a regional repository
of biodiversity and conservation-based information, especially from the seven transboundary
conservation landscapes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region as identified by ICIMOD.
The database includes biodiversity information; some selected socioeconomic features
that are essential to understand the relationship between people, and their culture
and use of biodiversity; and information on biodiversity management, such as conservation
issues, threats, and management measures. The portal provides access to information
to facilitate landscape level conservation planning. It is a platform where information
for landscape level conservation can be collected, collated, and shared under the
common license of open data sharing and exchange.
As a regional repository, it invites participation from all the regional member
countries to update and refine the content, either by validating the existing information
or by adding new data, information, and knowledge.
Current features in the portal are:
- Conservation initiatives in the HKH - provides an
overview of the biodiversity significance of the region, the conservation challenges,
and background information about landscape level conservation initiatives in the
- Protected areas in the HKH – provides a list of IUCN designated
protected areas, including size, coverage, and establishment and management effectiveness.
- Conservation landscapes- gives detailed information
on the seven transboundary landscapes. Currently, information has been uploaded
about the Kangchenjunga Landscape.
- Search Species – allows search of species recorded within
the protected areas, currently only available for protected areas in the Kangchenjunga
- Contribute to the portal – provides the user with
a mechanism for contributing to the portal. Additional, missing, or updated information
on protected areas, corridors, landscapes, or species can be submitted using the
form provided. An authentic bibliographic citation for the information should be
- Bibliography - provides bibliographic details for
books and others sources from which the data and information in the portal is derived.
- Feedback Form - allows users to share their comments
and make suggestions for the improvement of the portal .
We gratefully acknowledge the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation for financial
support to the Kanchenjunga Landscape Conservation Initiative and development of
this portal. We would also like to thank ICIMOD’s partners in Bhutan, India, and
Nepal who supported the implementation of the Kangchenjunga Initiative and helped
gather data and information on various landscape elements.
Portal production team (ICIMOD):
Nakul Chettri, Bandana Shakya, Birendra Bajracharya, Bikash Dongol, Suman Jaiswal, Sudip Pradhan,
Ranju Acharya, Rabindra Man Joshi, Deependra Tandukar, Eklabya Sharma, Beatrice
Murray; Susan Sellars, Prabesh Manandhar
PAs in proposed landscapes = 42
PAs in HKH Region = 488
Recorded Species = 10571
Threatenend Species = 86
PAs include IUCN Category from I to VI. Data available are from 2008.