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Knowledge Disconnect in Himalaya

November 8, 2011

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Much has been said about Himalayas and its beautiful mountains, rich biodiversity and rich culture. But, sometime it seems that the inhabitants in the region are not cognizant about this richness. Are they? Let me take one of the factors that contributed to such situation in Hindu Kush Himalayan region and that is ‘disconnected knowledge […]

Trans-boundary Famine..

August 1, 2011

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We need to understand and acknowledge that when our people at local level are not secure with their livelihood, water, energy and food, it is not going to make difference at trans-national level.  When we consider our efforts in these lines, then only we are going to set our house right, before attempting to help […]

Lost Himalayas!

August 1, 2011

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We boast, we host, and we are lost! It sounds the legacy of mighty Himalaya and its people. Here, agencies seem boasting the urgency and the welfare of mountain ecosystem (!), while people in the region are hosting their dialogues with utmost care, and then they are lost somewhere. The remains of show become reports […]

Adapting to Climatic Changes: Agro-pastoral communities in Himalaya

May 17, 2011

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With over 1.3 billion people living in extremely fragile ecosystem of Himalaya, its mountains provide sustenance, livelihoods and prosperity to millions of people downstream. Given the scenario of lifestyle of various communities living in far-flung areas of Himalayan Mountains, the process of development is taking its own course, which is also happening with agro-pastoral communities […]

Mountainous Task- Rio+20: Achievements in Himalayas!

April 4, 2011

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The Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 of Rio in 1992, which emphasized upon two programme areas and we could see them on broader perspective where we were entrusted to work upon:  Knowledge generation on Ecology and SD aspects in Mountain Ecosystem (Environment) while strengthening it (internalizing and communicating-Social) and working upon integrated watershed development (working […]

Black And White: Carbon

March 25, 2011

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Since over last few months the Black Carbon issue is being highlighted in the Himalayan region by various international and region agencies, with the viewpoint that it will have adverse impact on the human health, air quality and on various ecosystem functions. It is said that, there is urgent need through various local and international […]

Inviting disasters

March 18, 2011

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Worldwide 214 river basins host 40 percent of world’s population and Himalayas with huge stocks of water in the form of snow and ice, are biggest source of surface fresh water in frozen form, after Polar ice caps. Himalayan region consist of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which […]