Unplug and go!

/EIN Presswire/ Since May, ICIMOD has been charging its electric vehicles from a solar charging station. ICIMOD has three electric smart cars which are used to take staff and visitors to meetings around Kathmandu. Since May they have been parked under a purpose built solar charging system where they can plug in and recharge at any time. The system has 28 photovoltaic panels each of 175 watt, which charge 24 2 volt deep cycle batteries, together with a recording device for the solar power input and usage meters with the necessary charge controllers. Under ideal sunshine conditions, the station generates 4.9 KW electricity.

Currently, the electricity generated from the station is used to charge the three electrical vehicles. Surplus electricity in the summer was used at night to power the lights of the ICIMOD compound through batteries.


Media Reports on Climate Change in the Himalayas
ICIMOD Competition for Journalists

ICIMOD is organising a competition for journalists with a thematic focus on climate change in the Himalayas. The aim is to capture published media reports and to encourage journalists to write on mountain, and especially Himalayan, issues. Articles and reports on a topic related to climate change and/or its impacts in the extended Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and first published in a printed or online publication between 01 August and 07 December 2009 (the start of ‘COP 15’ in Copenhagen) are eligible for submission. Read more at http://www.icimod.org/?page=607

First Announcement: e-discussion on ‘Gender and Climate Change’ from 5-25 October 2009.

ICIMOD’s Gender and Governance Division and the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) are organising an e-discussion on ‘Gender and Climate Change’ from 5-25 October 2009. We are pleased to invite you to join this discussion, which aims to attract views, concrete examples, and stories on climate change in the Himalayan region from a gender perspective. A synthesis of the e-discussion will be prepared and shared at the Copenhagen meeting (COP 15) as well as with the discussants and concerned professionals. For more information and to register, please visit


ICIMOD Electronic Newsletter

ICIMOD’s E-news, August/September 2009, Issue # 31


Read My View ‘Brown Cloud and its Consequences’ by Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Environment Officer at ICIMOD.


Read interviews with ICIMOD’s Director General, Dr. Andreas Schild in the Nepali Times (Nepal), and www.chinadialogue.net (UK/China).

Nepal is a potential winner


Glaciers and guesswork


Vacancy Announcement

Executive Assistant, Directorate


Deadline: 30 September 2009


Note: All publications can be downloaded from ICIMOD Books-Online http://www.books.icimod.org

Resource Book
Mountain Development Resource Book for Afghanistan (2009)


Briefing Papers

Socio-cultural Engagement and Sensitivity in Disaster Risk Reduction (2009)


The Changing Himalayas: The impact of climate change on water resources and livelihoods in the greater Himalayas (2009)


Information Sheets

Improving Livelihoods through Beekeeping: Knowledge partnerships and value chains for bee products and services in the Himalayas (2009)

Predicting Floods in the Himalayan Region: using satellite rainfall estimates and models (2009)


Forthcoming Events

Note: Participation in ICIMOD events is by invitation only, unless otherwise specified.

5 – 15 October 2009

ICIMOD’s First International Training Course on Participatory Integrated Watershed Management

Godavari, Kathmandu, Nepal

Contact: Keshar Man Sthapit

6 – 8 October 2009

Governance Inception Workshop

Kathmandu, Nepal

Contact: Noorin Narazi

10 – 12 October
Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas; Enhancing Adaptation Capacity and Resilience of the Poor to Climate and Socioeconomic Changes
Kathmandu, Nepal
Contact: Dhrupad Choudhury

18-23 October 2009

Photo Exhibition, Himalaya – Changing Landscapes

Zurich, Switzerland

Contact: Nonna Lampone