Human pressure and overexploitation of natural resources have resulted in increasing environmental degradation over the last few decades. Freshwater resources, an important component of nature is at apex of such degradation. Around 10,000 species of freshwater invertebrates around the world are already extinct or imperiled. Therefore, improving our understanding of freshwater ecology is very important in sustaining life throughout the world.

Hindu Kush Himalayan region extends 3500 km length over eight countries including Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. The Himalayas which lies in this region is considered as the freshwater tower. In this region, human pressures are more intense due to its dense population. This has resulted in habitat degradation of freshwater species. Similarly, anthropogenic activities have resulted in other environmental stresses as well for such freshwater species. Such harmful alteration, disturbances, or destruction of freshwater environments could become irreversible in dense populated countries leading to extinction of species. In addition to these stresses, scientific knowledge about the effect of climate change on freshwater biodiversity is also very limited. Hence, this lacuna gave birth to Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center (HimBio-Clic).

Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center (HimBio-Clic) is a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental research oriented scientific organization. It was established on December 2006. The central office is located at Golmadhi, Bhaktapur-7, Nepal. It was founded by an enthusiastic scientific community consisting of national and international scientists.

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