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A knowledge-base on the Himalayas, comprising articles, academic papers, research publications, conference reports, issue-focused writings and others, that bring out the kaleidoscope of Himalayan life and environment, as well as the critical issues that threaten the region today.
The Himalayan region is unique. The altitude range and the wide span of the Himalayan region, as well as the nature of its origin as a result of plate tectonics, have given it a great diversity of habitats and rich biodiversity differentiated from much of the world. The generations of relative seclusion of the valleys amidst the high mountain ranges has also helped nurture a multiplicity of cultures with their distinctive arts, architecture, traditional knowledge, and ways of life. Although incredibly diverse and wondrous in its natural and cultural character, the Himalayas remain a little studied and less understood part of the world. The seclusion and the resultant neglect suffered by the region, in conjunction with its uniqueness and decidedly greater vulnerability, has left it with several developmental lacunae and conundrums. A small body of researchers and Himalaya enthusiasts and development workers are striving to push the boundaries of our understanding of the region and develop models and methods for addressing its developmental issues.
 
READINGS ON THE HIMALAYAS
Mountain Themes
Readings that shed light on various aspects of the Himalayas- their origin & geography, environment & ecology, culture & people...
The Himalayas are among the most interesting phenomena in the world. Born from a cataclysmic geologic event, the Himalayas have metamorphosed what existed prior to their creation, and shaped over time to become the greatest biophysical feature of the world. Characterized by a stunning diversity in ecology, possessing a variety of rich mystical cultures, the region is an intriguing world, thoroughly unlike any...
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Mountain Issues
The challenges in the Himalayan region- from melting glaciers, to lack of infrastructure, & geopolitics across the borders...
The Himalayan region for the rest of the world is a beautiful, pristine land, a bounteous, haven of peace and happiness. For the adventure-seeker, it is a challenging physical feature to be conquered, for the naturalist, a treasure house of flora and fauna to be studied, and for the culture-seeker, a source of spiritual upliftment and aesthetic pleasure. While the Himalayas are undoubtedly a canvas on which nature and culture have...
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E-Books on the Himalayas
Whole books on the Himalayan region, some written way back in the past when the Himalayas were a trifle shorter!
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Conference Reports
Reports of deliberations on the Himalayas that provide a quick overview of issues, changes, development methods.
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HIMALAYA DOCUMENTATION
 
Dip into the richness of the heritage of the Himalayas, its wonderful diversity of plants and animals, its invaluable cultural wealth. Join us, if you wish, on this journey to document the Himalayas.
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  The Himalayas are a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot and a repository of the most amazing biodiversity and a wealth of other resources that provide succor to humans that live in the region as well as at the base of the high mountains. They harbor valuable medicinal and food plants and rare and beautiful animal species, and are...   The Himalayas are several cultural cosmoses, every Himalayan slope, from the anthropo-geographical standpoint, a complex phenomenon. The region displays a whole range of cultural features/ combinations as a consequence of the altitudinal variation- a variety of occupations from commercial cropping and agro-processing to...
 
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HIMALAYA RESEARCH
The results of a variety of participative research on the Himalayan region, to help one understand it better & some that would aid appropriate development for the region.
Himalaya Research is an ongoing initiative of Pragya, the host organization for Himalayan Voices, to enhance the understanding of the Himalayas, and address the current neglect of the region in terms of research and development attention and policy focus. Several studies have been carried out on various developmental issues, ranging from role of civil society to micro-enterprise development to management of common property resources, under this initiative. They help extend the frontiers of knowledge on the region with findings being used for policy determination & formulation. Applied research is another major thrust with studies aimed at addressing area-specific problems and conditions and directed at the technology constraints of the Himalayan region.

The initiative seeks to make the system of research and technology development more responsive, accessible and relevant to the needs of the poor in the Himalayan Region. It comprises an integrated research & extension system for technologies that ensure quality of life in the Himalayan Region...
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Climate change and the cold deserts of the high altitude Himalayas
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Climate change affects the natural resource base and poses enormous difficulty for the natural resource-dependent indigenous population of the cold desert region in the high altitude Himalayas. The interplay of climatic and eco-hydrological processes on these fragile ecosystems coupled with increasing anthropogenic pressure, are leading to accelerated resource stress with adverse impacts on indigenous agro-pastoral communities and their livelihoods. This paper attempts to summarize the outcomes of a study carried out across 82 watersheds in the Trans and Western Indian Himalayas to...
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Common Energy Facilities Based on Renewable Sources
Preliminary identification of IPAs for medicinal plants in the Himalayas
 
NEW
Call for papers on Gender,
Governance and Agriculture
Abstracts are invited for a special issue of International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. Last date for submission of abstracts is: 28th February 2014. Once shortlisted, the full papers would be due by 30th April 2014.
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Mountain Tourism: A Boon or Bane?
by Y. Sherpa
in Mountain Issues
Examining the status of mountain women, the potential of tourism for women empowerment and poverty alleviation and the negative impacts from tourism such as cultural degeneration, environmental degradation and...
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E-Herbarium
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Aconitum heterophyllum
Aconites are among the most used plants in ethno-medicine of the Himalayas. Critically endangered today, Aconitum heterophyllum...
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Natural Resources
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Himalayan Artefacts
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Bumpa
A copper vessel used by the people of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India, in the Western Himalayas with the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols...
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Cultural Resources
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Environment and rural development in Darjeeling Himalaya
by V. Khawas
in Mountain Issues
The paper seeks to highlight the major environmental and developmental issues in the Darjeeling Himalayan region. It emphasizes the need for a comprehensive regional strategy for sustainable regional development, capable of addressing...
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The Himalayas & the Tibetan Plateau in Explore the Himalaya (Maps)
Details:Map showing satellite imagery of Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan mountain ranges...
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