Land Use Transition and Human Health in the Eastern Himalayas

Various forces such as climate change, population dynamics and socioeconomics are threatening the environment, health and wellbeing of the rural poor in the Himalayan region. This project will prepare three transdisciplinary research teams to analyze three different land uses and their contexts: pastoralism in an alpine ecosystem in Tibet; upland agriculture in a forest ecosystem in Yunnan; and rice farming on a floodplain in Nepal. ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) will manage the project and provide support and capacity building to the three teams. The aim is to better understand the links between land use transition and human health in mountain habitats and jointly design a program for better managing the ecosystem. The project is also expected to increase the pool of researchers engaged in ecosystem approaches to human health.

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Start Date

Saturday, February 4, 2006

End Date

Thursday, October 11, 2007


12 months

IDRC Officer

Puginier, Oliver

Total funding

CA$ 182,700


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Nepal


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Xu Jianchu


International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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