09 Jun David Molden
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Dr. David James Molden is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental knowledge organisation dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region. Dr Molden is a research for development specialist with skills in water resource management and sustainable mountain development, with an interest in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of natural resources management. He has experience in leading and implementing development and research work across Asia and Africa, and is now working at the interface of science, policy and practice to help bring knowledge into use for societal benefits. Prior to joining ICIMOD in 2011 he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He has contributed to the publication of over 200 works in books, refereed journals, research reports, the media, and educational materials, and has received many awards, including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.
Keynote presentation: Changes in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Cryosphere (Glaciers) and What it Means for the Mountains and Downstream
The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) cover the mountains and associated hills of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, is the source of 10 major river basins serving over 200 million people in the mountains and 1.3 billion people downstream. With reports of rapidly melting glaciers, there is concern about changing hydrology of these river systems and economic and environmental impacts. Moreover, the region is in a state of socio-economic flux, with high outmigration and globalization. This presentation shows the importance of the HKH mountains, outlines ongoing physical and socio-economic changes, and reviews the rapidly growing scientific evidence on the HKH cryosphere and associated downstream hydrology. Studies show that while the HKH cryosphere is undergoing rapid change, there may not be significant change in the total annual water volume in rivers at the basin scale, but people closer to glaciers are likely to be adversely affected, and that natural storage is being lost. Other social and climate change influences could lead to increased flood and drought hazards, and changes in local water sources. The presentation draws out implications of these changes for socio-economic development in the region.
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