Western Himalayas

  • Journalists (online, print, television) and other expert media practitioners interested in environmental reporting from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal can apply for the opportunity. Freelancers may apply if they have a letter of support from a media house ...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 years 5 months agoread more
  • As Hari Singh led me towards his fields, I wondered if he was trying to play a joke on me. Large rocks were scattered in the area and there was no sight of any arable land, neither was there any clue of the irrigation channel which Singh claimed ran through his farm. In the middle of the purported...
    Manu Moudgilposted 5 years 10 months agoread more
  • Get more information of the opportunity. Know more about International Glaciological Society.
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  • Ranjit Singh is elated that someone has come to his village enquiring about his work. He says not many people recognise the worth of traditional occupations like his. “This is especially true of government officials and policy makers who feel everything old is useless”, he points out. Ranjit is...
    Manu Moudgilposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • When Basanti Devi entered the village of Bachwadi in Uttarakhand's Takula block on one of her routine visits, she knew that something was wrong. Instead of the normal hustle, groups of men stood about talking quietly. She asked them what the matter was. Basanti and the Gram PanchayatBasanti Devi wa...
    chicuposted 5 years 11 months agoread more
  • I could just about see a small makeshift shelter with a yellow canopy. As I made my way through the small stream and climbed uphill, I saw a JCB machine trying to clear a path. Further up the road, female voices speaking the local dialect started to emerge. A small hearth surrounded by utensils and ...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 years 2 weeks agoread more
  •  Visitors and the Uttarakhand Tourism Department liken the mountain to 'devbhoomi' or the heavens but it isn't often that a villager of the area echoes those sentiments. Most of them are weary of the unending struggle to live in harmony with those steep slopes that make all manner of infra...
    chicuposted 6 years 1 month agoread more
  • "We did everything ourselves", said the ebuillent Bhuvaneshwari Devi. "We took the cement up, carried the sand, everything! And we even told them where to place the tank"! She went on to narrate how the women's group of which she is a member, taught the men of the village that siting a tank in the s...
    chicuposted 6 years 2 months agoread more
  • Himalayan glaciers could lose two-third mass by 2100The International Panel on Climate Change says this may hit India’s food security system andalso bring changes in the monsoon pattern. Famine, water shortage and regional conflicts are also expected in South Asia, especially IndiaWater in Ludhian...
    ravleenposted 6 years 3 months agoread more
  • The Himalayas were born of continental shift when the Indian subcontinent challenged the larger Asian landmass. This tortured birth still continues making the region susceptible to landslides and earthquakes. In addition to this geological fact, climate change is altering rainfall patterns and leadi...
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  • Venue & Timings:Save Ganga & Save Himalayas Meeting-cum-Panel Discussion will be at Gandhi Darsan, Rajghat, New Delhi on 12th March, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Know more about Save Ganga Movement.Download the event note and the document on organisation associated with ...
    Swati Bansalposted 6 years 5 months agoread more
  • Watershed management, which is an integrated set of soil and water conservation techniques that retain runoff and so increase water availability, can provide an environment for fisheries development for food or trade. Fish found in streams and rivers serve as a source of food in varying degrees for ...
    chicuposted 6 years 5 months agoread more
  • This documentary takes us through the struggles of the Himalayan people to save their forests from being plundered and questions if their faith that saved the hills in the past can continue to do so today where development projects and climate change are pressurizing the Himalayas.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 6 months agoread more
  • Despite being endowed with adequate rainfall, most parts of the Himalayas are considered water-stressed for both agricultural and domestic purposes. This is mainly due to the seasonality of precipitation, which is concentrated to the monsoon months. It remains dry for rest of the year. The water cri...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 years 6 months agoread more
  • Numerous small villages dot the Himalayas. These villages obtain water from springs that are in their turn supplied by small aquifers. Due to the complex folded nature of the rocks that make up the mountains, the area from which these aquifers receive their water may be at some distance away from th...
    chicuposted 6 years 7 months agoread more
  • Clear blue skies, natural springs and glacial peaks-tranquility. Falling stones, landslides and debris-chaos! Kinnaur, located on  the northeastern side of Himachal Pradesh, lets you experience both. It falls in seismic zones IV and V, which means it runs the the risk of damaging and destructiv...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • Pakistan asks India to withdraw its troop from the virgin snowAsserts that the presence of Indian troops in Siachen is leading to environmental degradation and pollution in one of the main sources of water in Pakistan.Water sharing issues of new states to be dealt by Central govtCentral governm...
    Swati Bansalposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • Himalayan forests span a two-and-a-half thousand kilometer stretch and have a wide range of climates; they are beset by problems that need innovative solutions. Rajesh Thadani discussed these problems and possible solutions at  the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit organised in Kohima, Se...
    chicuposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • Money deals mar climate talks in WarsawThe two week annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poland's capital Warsaw ended on a note of dispute between the developed and the developing countries. An agreement on 'loss and damage' to compensate and insure deve...
    ravleenposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • 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 dwind...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 years 8 months agoread more

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China's Zangmu Hydropower Project, one of the biggest dams on Brahmaputra, is operational

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The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and The Third Pole (TTP) – under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – are jointly organizing four media workshops on adaptation to climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region.

November 2, 2015 9:00AM - November 5, 2015 6:00PM
September 25, 2015 11:00PM

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Bishop Cotton School in Shimla tides over water scarcity by harvesting rainwater, setting an example for other residential schools located in hilly regions.

Mathew Jacob, estate supervisor at Bishop Cotton School (BCS) in Shimla, remembers when he took his students walking in single file to the nearby stream to wash and bathe every other day in the summers.

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Policy matters this week

Sunderbans and Siachen glacier proposed to be recognised as a trans-boundary protected area

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The monsoons regularly lead to road blocks and panicking pilgrims being airlifted out of Garhwal. Can this repeated narrative change especially since the Char Dham isn't an ancient practice at all?

'To be or not to be' may well be the new mantra for people undertaking the Himalayan Char Dham pilgrimage this year.

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It isn't just the tourists or its hilly terrain but a 140-year-old leaking water distribution system set up by the British in 1875 which is leading to heavy losses and contamination.

Most tourists visiting Shimla won’t know that they are walking on a water tank when they wait to get their pictures taken or go horse riding on Ridge road but they will know that the city faces water shortage -- their hotel bathrooms have messages asking them to use water judiciously. 

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The time taken for villages in Nainital district, Uttarakhand to resolve their spring-related disputes has shrunk from two year to six months. Here's why.

I first met Kunti and Priya at a meeting of the Springs Initiative, which is a network of organisations and individuals working across India to restore their springs. Both from Kulgad village, they had come to talk about the work they had done on their spring.

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The science behind groundwater isn't well understood but how can this be changed so that people manage their water better?

Groundwater isn't understood very well, especially in hilly areas where springs seem to appear and vanish of their own accord. However, as science tells us, there's no effect without a cause, and understanding the reason why water flows where it does can ensure optimal use of this natural resource to support life and livelihood. 

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The expert must be capable in providing technical expertise integrating social and gender dimensions, perspectives and approaches into ICIMOD’s regional programmes, initiatives and thematic areas; and who has substantial experience conducting research and policy advocacy and ensuring gender-positive impacts. 

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March 2, 2015 12:00AM

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Mountain dwellers across India are learning hydrogeology in a bid to save their dying springs. In the process, they are also revolutionizing their lives.

Hydrogeology has, before this, been considered a highly specialised field known only to dedicated academics.

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