ICIMOD: For mountains and people
Andreas Schild is a development specialist with over 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing and monitoring co-operation programmes mainly in sustainable natural resource management and rural development. Though his long-term assignments and multiple missions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, he is familiar with the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. He joined the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in April 2007 as the Director General and was awarded with the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Environment Award by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation on 14 October 2008.
What makes the Himalayan mountain ecosystem fragile?
The Himalayan mountain system is geologically young and still at a formative stage. This translates into seismic activities and a high incidence of erosion. The fragility also refers to other phenomena: the Himalayas