About MoChWo: 
Mountains are a part of global biodiversity repository and play a vital role in maintaining global ecosystems and supporting millions of people. In the mean time they are the most vulnerable to rapid environmental change.

The international conference on “Mountains in the Changing World” (MoChWo) is organized by the Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (www.kias.org.np). It aims to provide a forum for international/national scholars, researchers, policy maker and students with opportunity to share their research findings and knowledge related to various aspects of mountains (see focus areas below). We are sure that this conference can be an effective and insightful for the benefit of people depending on mountains.

The #MoChWo conference will be held in ancient town of Kathmandu from 1-2 October, 2016.

About Kathmandu: Kathmandu is known for long history, ancient cultures and civilizations, Hindu and Buddhist temples, architecture & sculptures. It hosts seven UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu is also the gateway of many high Himalayas in Nepal.

The date for the conference, October, is considered to be the best time to visit Nepal. Therefore you can enjoy around Kathmandu and surrounding areas while attending the conference.

Focus areas: Disasters, resilience, and adaptation; Biodiversity conservation; Climate change; Environmental pollution; Forest management; Soil, water and atmospheric research; Agriculture and agro-ecology; Sustainable livelihood; Policies for mountain resources and livelihood.

Event highlights: Plenary sessions, symposiums, workshops, excursions

Key dates to note

Key dates

Call for abstracts: Abstracts for the conference can be submitted via its online submission system. Abstracts can be submitted from 1 April to 15 19 August for both oral and poster sessions in different conference tracks. Please click here for details.

Registration: All conference participants are required to register. Early bird registration begins on 1 June and ends on 15 20 August. The regular registration is from 16 August to 20 September. Click here for more information.

Organizer and Host

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal


Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal

Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Nepal


Youth Alliance for Environments (YAE), Kathmandu, Nepal (Initiative Partner)

Central Department of Environmental Sciences (CDES), Tribhuvan University, Kritipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Community-Based Rainfall Measurement (CORAM), Nepal


MDPI journals: Environments, and Sustainability
American Society of Mines and Reclamation

Follow the MoChWo

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MoChWO
Twitter Hashtag: #MoChWo
KIAS twitter handle: @KathInsAppSci
Email: conference@kias.org.np