International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Summary According to ICIMOD's Statutes, "The primary objectives of the Centre shall be to help promote the development of an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem and to improve the living standards of mountain populations", especially in the HKH Region. In pursuing its mandate, ICIMOD works mainly at the interface between research and development and acts as a facilitator for generating new mountain-specific knowledge of relevance to mountain development. At the same time, ICIMOD attempts to ensure that new knowledge is shared among all relevant institutions, organisations, and individuals in the region. As such ICIMOD's functions as
a multidisciplinary documentation and information centre on integrated mountain development;
a focal point for the mobilisation, conduct, and co-ordination of applied and problem-solving research activities;
a focal point for training on integrated mountain development with special emphasis on the development of relevant training materials for the training of trainers; and
a consultative centre to provide expert services on mountain development and resource management to the HKH countries.