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Desertification at high altitudes increasing due to melting of glaciers, causing concern and a push to devise preventive adapation strategies.

Greater Noida, September 5 (India Science Wire): Degradation of land, which leads to the process of desertification, is not limited to arid and semi-arid areas but is also visible in high altitude regions that get very little rainfall and are known as cold deserts.

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Study highlights significant hydropower opportunities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

Worldwide, the demand for energy has risen significantly and quickly, leading to serious impacts on environmental sustainability and hindering global efforts to mitigate climate change. Hydropower, a leading renewable option has the additional benefits of water storage for agriculture and other uses.

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As climate change and urbanisation threaten water security in the HKH region, there is an urgent need for good water governance.

The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) cover 3500 kms across eight countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

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World is losing the wetlands at a rate of 0.78 percent a year: Ramsar Convention

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Most of Hyderabad water bodies reduced to cesspools

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Nawraj Pradhan from ICIMOD explains how they are looking at the challenge of drying springs in the Kailash landscape from different angles -- ecological, cultural and physiographic.

Springs play an important role in the daily lives of thousands of communities in the hills and mountains of the Himalayas. However, in many places once reliable springs are drying up, presenting rural communities, and women in particular, with new challenges. In the Himalayan region, natural springs and their sustainable development are not given due importance at both policy and practical levels, even though they play a critical role in water security.

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The Bhutahi Balan, a tributary of the Kosi may be a small river but it has caused immense devastation. Dinesh Mishra says that embankments aren't the answer to this problem.

It's been years since Bhutahi Balan, a small tributary of the Kosi river in Madhubani, North Bihar, has been causing devastation on both its banks. Dinesh Mishra in his book 'Story of a ghost river and engineering witchcraft' objectively analyses the failure of embankments, which are raised banks to contain the river's flooding.

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Mountain farmers are reaping greater economic benefits but that is coming at the cost of traditional crops and natural resources. How long can this type of growth be sustained?

Mountain farmers are facing a very volatile situation right now. Food crops are being replaced by cash crops, which return better dividends. Due to this, their overall economy has gotten much better. As a whole, more of them are migrating from rural to urban areas. Their nomadic way of life is dwindling away as grazing lands are shrinking, traditional routes are being blocked in the name of development and newer generations are acquiring more education.

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Exclusive policies, preservation of traditional practices and efficient trade linkages can help mountain farmers reap a good harvest.

Can we really address the special needs of mountain states by allocating them more money? Isn't it essential that we leave the 'one size fits all' approach and recognise the exclusive challenges and opportunities which mountain farmers face as compared to farmers in the plains? 

These were the main questions that were raised in the agriculture session of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit- III held at Kohima, Nagaland, from September 25-27, 2013.

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Tata Chemicals awarded for using water efficiently

The Mithapur plant in Gujarat wins FICCI award for revamping the entire technology to recycle and reuse water and removing the dependence on groundwater.

Govt looks for broader application of innovative turbine

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