Unsuccessful attempt at visiting Rumbak village after GLOF last year
A memoir written by Karuna Chimmed from Leh, Ladakh, on her attempt to visit Rumbak village, which was affected by flash floods due to the outburst of an artificial lake in August 2021 Posted on 05 Jun, 2022 08:57 PM

Last year, on August 22 outburst of an artificial lake near Rumbak region impacted the villages of Rumbak and Zingchen in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

A broken bridge which connected tiny place called Zingchen (Image: Karuna Chhimed)
Is it all downhill from here for Leh?
Rapid urban growth, scarce water resources and a high risk of natural disasters pose serious challenges for Leh's urban planning and governance. Posted on 09 Jul, 2019 02:05 PM

Across South Asia, small and medium-sized towns are rapidly expanding. Urbanisation has made inroads into the entire Himalayan region. Mountain urbanisation poses a need for assessments of emerging risks and vulnerabilities in environmentally sensitive regions.

The main bazaar of Leh (Image: Christopher Michel, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)
Drinking water quality worst in Kerala: Report
News this week: NSSO says drinking water quality worst in Kerala, migratory birds desert flooded wetland and villagers protest against hydel project in Uttarakhand. Posted on 29 Dec, 2013 04:50 PM

Kerala scores worst in access to potable water: NSSO

House wells not safe? (Source: Wikimedia)
Vacancy for the posts of 'Assistant Project Officers / Project Officers', Pragya, Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh) and Leh (Jammu and Kashmir)
Pragya works for the appropriate development of vulnerable communities and sensitive ecosystems of the world.
Posted on 18 Oct, 2013 12:53 PM

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Ladakh International Film Festival, June 15-17, 2012, Ladakh
Posted on 31 Mar, 2012 10:31 AM

Organizers: LAHDC LEH,
                    J & K Tourism,
                    SLC IT,
                    Inheritance India


The Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) has received an overwhelming response with entries coming in from across five continents - – North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

National consultation of stakeholders on rebuilding Ladakh, Sphere India, June 23, 2011, New Delhi
Posted on 22 Jun, 2011 11:40 AM

Sphere India and National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA)Organizers: 

  • Sphere India
  • National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) 
  • IAG Ladakh

Venue: International Conference Centre, YMCA, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi


To bring together the key stakeholders to facilitate a comprehensive planning exercise on reconstruction and rebuilding of Ladakh with the objective to:

  • Draft policy framework for recovery and reconstruction work in Ladakh
  • Consensus on joint strategies, processes and standards for shelter, land reclamation, restoration of canals and rebuilding infrastructure
  • Deliberate on means of sustainable livelihood in the region
  • Plan disaster risk reduction activities and processes for the region
Glimpses of Ladakh - An exhibition of photographs, LEDeG, New Delhi
Posted on 08 Dec, 2010 04:15 PM

Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG)Organizer: Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG)

Leh cloud-burst: A first-hand account
Climate change and its impact on Leh-Ladak: an account by Linkesh Diwan Posted on 16 Aug, 2010 11:44 AM

Midnight, August 6, 2010: "Link, wake up!  Water is coming in from the roof!"  My mother and I were in Leh, Ladakh, staying at "Eco-Homestay," the house of Mr. Sonam Gyatso and family, in Lower Sankar.  The house was made in a hybrid of traditional and modern construction techniques: the main hall in the house was concrete, while rooms surrounding it were made of sun-dried mud bricks, and roofed with Poplar beams, a mesh of willow branches, and a thick pad of fine clay-like mud.  The house incorporated passive solar building techniques, such as a direct-gain room, and a Trombe wall, and had solar-powered lighting.  It had been raining since evening, and by midnight the clay roof was saturated and began to leak.  

We were in Leh for the express purpose of meeting with Helena Norberg-Hodge, the founder of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, co-founder of the International Forum on Globalization, founder of the Ladakh Ecological Development Group, and founder of the Women's Alliance, Ladakh.  We had learned of her online, seeing an article of hers in CounterCurrents.org, and watching her video "Ancient Futures."  She is the only person who has critically witnessed the "development" of Ladakh, from complete self-sufficiency in an exceedingly fragile eco-system, to the disaster under which it writhes today.  She has seen how "development" pulls people into a money economy, increases the distance between production and consumption,  brings reliance on fossil fuels (especially apparent in Leh where fuel and commodities are trucked in over a hazardous two-day journey from lower altitudes), results in urbanization and rural-urban migration, and brings psychological impoverishment to the people it is inflicted upon.  For 35 years, she has been working to bring safe, stable, and ecologically sound development to the region through her organizations.  Her work today, no longer limited to Ladakh, is focussed on spreading economic literacy among people throughout the planet, educating about the deeper impacts of globalization and today's consumer mono-culture.  Garnered from her years of observation and research, she has an important message for humanity today, which is what prompted us to go and meet her.

Indian flash floods kill 170, hundreds of people still missing
Aid workers estimate of 25,000 people in Leh and surrounding villages have been affected by the monsoonal deluge and thousands have sought refuge in relief camps and rehabilitation centres. Posted on 12 Aug, 2010 03:23 PM

"So far, we have recovered 170 bodies, 140 of whom have been identified," said an officer in Leh's police control room, adding that up to 300 people were still unaccounted for.

Aid workers also estimate that 10 to 12 villages remain inaccessible due collapsed bridges and blocked roads where landslides deposited boulders and mud up to 15 feet high (4 metres).

National training workshop on community based micro hydro power units, Ladakh Ecological Development Group, Leh
Posted on 30 Jul, 2010 08:51 AM

Ladakh Ecological Development Group

Organizer: Ladakh Ecological Development Group

LEDeG Campus at Leh


Ladakh Ecological Development Group,a Non Governmental Organisation based in Leh,which has set up 57 Micro Hydro Power Units in the whole Ladakh is organising a 7-days National Training Workshop on "Community based Micro Hydro Power Units" from August 30th to 5th September, 2010 at Leh. The number of participants will be maximum 25.The application forms should be sent to LEDEG office,leh through post or email by 16th July 2010.The training involves lectures,site visits,presentations ,practical and workshops by Field experts from LEDEG and Expets/Resources persons from reputed agencies.The certificate of participation will be provided on completion of the training.