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ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Himalaya Research has worked on a variety of issues with respect to the Himalayan ecology and environment, such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, management of common property resources, environmental threats. A blend of community-based processes and scientific research methods are used for these studies, including detailed ground surveys and participatory appraisals.
Title: Climate change and the cold deserts of the high altitude Himalayas:Vulnerability and Adaptation
Author: Banerji, G. and Basu, S.
Source: Pragya
Year: 2009
Publisher: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Abstracts: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. This paper summarizes the outcomes of a study carried out across 82 watersheds in the Trans and Western Indian Himalayas to quantify the level of environmental threat and adaptive capacity. It also outlines a pilot project initiated in the Western Himalayas that integrates community based natural resource management with infusion of appropriate technology to address water stress and ecosystem vulnerability.
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Title: Land & Water Management in Cold Deserts: A challenge of Himalayan Proportions
Author: Research & Advocacy Team, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2008
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The presentation provides an overview of a study on Environmental Threat and Adaptation in Himalayan Cold Deserts in the context of increasing environmental vulnerability in the region. The study was conducted in the cold desert regions of Leh, Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur and Chamba in the Western Indian Himalayas to assess the degree and nature of threat in the watersheds, assess the development status and adaptation capacity. The study also seeks to determine a Vulnerability Index for cold desert watersheds and understand the major causal or mediating factors and to help evolve appropriate management strategies to reduce vulnerability.
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Title: Environmental Threats in the Cold Deserts - Challenges and the Way Ahead
Author: NRM and Research & Advocacy Teams, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2009
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The Himalayan cold deserts are highly vulnerable to severe impacts of climate change and associated disasters. This paper examines the causal factors of various rapid-onset and slow-onset disasters in the Himalayan cold deserts, and their impacts on the local inhabitants. The document is aimed at creating an enhanced understanding of the key issues, challenges and gaps in effective disaster management for the Himalayan region. It seeks to describe a comprehensive framework for disaster management while also considering the regional specificities.
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Title: Development Interventions for Cold Deserts - A Technology Assessment & Development Brief
Author: NRM Team, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2005
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:Given their extreme vulnerability, the cold deserts need special attention in terms of natural resource management. However, the understanding of this distinctive biome is highly inadequate. This calls for an objective and scientific evaluation of the interventions in cold deserts, also developing region-specific strategies, processes, institutions and infrastructure. This report examines various development issues of the Himalayan cold deserts and attempts to explore the development interventions required in the area, the desert development interventions in particular, in the context of the increasing resource stress in the region.
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Title: Environmental Volatility in the Himalayan Cold Deserts - A Summary report of Pragya study on rapid-onset disasters in the Himalayan cold deserts
Author: NRM and Research & Advocacy Teams, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2009
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The cold deserts Himalayas have always been prone to frequent rapid-onset disasters such as snowstorms, avalanches, landslides and glacial lake outburst floods. With climatic volatility on the rise, the inhabitants have to face recurrent hazards, which cause tremendous damage to life and infrastructure. The region however, does not receive adequate research and policy attention. This report summarizes the findings of a study to assess the vulnerability of the region to rapid-onset disasters and to identify the contributing factors. It also deals with the environmental, economic and social consequences of such events and the existing and potential mitigation measures for a range of stakeholders.
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