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Title: Indigenous Technical Knowledge Inputs for Effective Disaster Management in the Fragile Himalayan Ecosystem
Author: Rautela, P.
Source: Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2005
Year: 2005
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstracts:  This is a link to an abstract. The indigenous people residing in the disaster-prone Himalayan terrain have devised ways of reducing their vulnerability to natural hazards through experience, experimentation and knowledge. The paper aims to highlight the relevance of these practices as one of the most cost-effective and acceptable means of mitigating disasters in the remote Himalayan terrain. Improvisation on these practices can lead to appropriate innovations for better disaster management in the region.
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Title: Local and Indigenous Practices on Adaptation: An Experience From Herders Life of Western Bhutan
Author: Chettri, N.
Source: Natural Resources Management Division, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Year: 2008
Publisher: Mountain Forum
Abstracts:  Pastoralism is an age-old livelihood option for millions of people of different castes and ethnic groups and makes a significant contribution to the economy of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH), both in terms of providing employment and income opportunities and in supplying nutrition to the rural poor. The paper narrates the author’s experience with a nomadic group of Bjobs in Bhutan, his observations on their adaptations to climate change and policy requirements to help protect this lifestyle.
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Title: Sustainable development and management of water resource in mountain ecosystem: Some examples from Sikkim Himalaya
Author: Khawas, V.
Source: Mountain Forum
Year: 2004
Publisher: Mountain Forum
Abstracts:  Sustainable development and management of water resources are crucial for the mountain ecosystem. Water plays a vital role in a host of key activities ranging from drinking and other domestic needs to agriculture, industrial use and generation of hydro electrical power. The article seeks to evaluate the importance of water resources in the Sikkim Himalayas and the environmental concerns associated with its various sources. It also identifies environmental strategies for sustainable use of water resource.
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Title: The challenges of mountain environments: Water, natural resources, hazards, desertification and the implications of climate change
Author: Iyngararasan, M., Tianchi, L. and Shrestha, S.
Source: UNEP Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2002
Publisher: Mountain Forum
Abstracts:  Mountain ecosystems harbour a wide range of key resources, such as animals, plants and minerals. Mountains are also home for around 10 % of the global population, with around 25-30 % directly dependent on resources derived from the mountains. The paper attempts to analyze the various impacts of climate change on mountains and their resources, covering issues like global warming, haze and desertification and lays down recommendations for further actions.
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Title: The Melting Himalayas – Regional Challenges and Local Impacts of Climate Change on Mountain Ecosystems and Livelihoods
Author: Jianchu, X., Shrestha, A., Vaidya, R., Eriksson, M. and Hewitt, K.
Source: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Year: 2007
Publisher: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal
Abstracts:  This technical paper tracks both the reported as well as possible future consequences of climate change in the greater Himalayan region with special emphasis on high mountain cryogenic phenomena – such as glaciers, permafrost and avalanches, possible effects on water supply, ecosystems and hazards, and the eventual threat for regional populations. The assessment highlights key policy areas and the urgency to improve the relevant knowledge to reduce scientific uncertainties and implement the strategies to enhance adaptive capacities of communities at risk.
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