About Kailash Sacred Landscape Information System (KSLIS)

The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) is a transboundary collaborative programme between China, India, and Nepal that has evolved through a participatory, iterative process among various local and national research and development institutions within these countries. The progress so far has resulted in the data that has been gathered through on-field and off-field research and monitoring activities. The Kailash Sacred Landscape Information System (KSLIS) provides a platform for structuring the collected data, and storing the data through the Regional Database Initiative of ICIMOD. This will facilitate data and information sharing as well data visualization to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and communication among the stakeholders and general users concerned with the Kailash Sacred Landscape. The aim of the information system is to fill the data gaps, showcase the progress and learnings from the project, and to strengthen the policy formulation process by providing reliable, consistent and timely data for the remotest part of the Himalayan region.

The Kailash Sacred Landscape Information System (KSLIS) was developed using ESRI’s Enterprise Geodatabase technology along with the ArcGIS Server to store spatial and attribute data in a Relational Database Management System.


The development of this system has been made possible through ICIMOD’s Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) which is a five year programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) – UK aid and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Further contributions were made by ICIMOD’s resource person and KSLCDI Focal Ministries and Lead Technical Institutions:

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), People’s Republic of China
  • Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India
  • Ministry of Forest & Soil Conservation (MoFSC), Government of Nepal
  • Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), China
  • G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), India
  • Department of Forests, MoFSC, Government of Nepal
  • Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), China
  • Sichuan University (SCU), China
  • Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), China
  • Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), India
  • Wildlife Institute of India (WII), India
  • Department of Plant resources (DPR), Nepal
  • Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Nepal
  • Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Nepal
  • Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Nepal