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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
SHARE-Asia Project
Dr. Ambedkar Medical Aid Scheme
Collecting Fog water
Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
Mountain regions are especially disadvantaged in terms of development opportunities and options.The remoteness and harsh conditions, the environmental fragility, the geographical spread and low population concentration, the unique but closed cultures, severely limit the reach and effectiveness of development in these regions. Himalayan people themselves and social workers and governments are working to redress this, but are constrained by the lack of information and support.In spite of the hurdles and bottlenecks, there are efforts and resources available, albeit inadequate, that could catalyse development in the region.There are civil society organisations working with Himalayan communities and carrying out some exemplary projects, there are State schemes that provide support to a variety of sectors in the Himalayan region.Innovative technologies have been developed and solutions designed for Himalayan problems.This section seeks to share such information and facilitate the reach of resources available for the Himalayas.
India Nepal Other Himalayan Countries
A compendium of State - delivered support for the Himalayan region, whether at the federal or the provincial level, for your reference.

The governments of the nations that the Himalayas run through, operate a variety of schemes and programmes that facilitate development in the Himalayan region and assist the Himalayan communities. While some of these apply to the population of the entire nation, some of these have been developed with a specific focus on the Himalayan communities and their unique needs and conditions. Some are managed at the federal level and some are delivered through the provinces. Briefs on existing schemes and programmes are provided in this section for reference along with contact information of offices from which more information may be available or assistance against the...

Other Himalayan Countries

Help at hand for development practitioners in the Himalayas - tried and tested methods with potential for application in the Himalayas.

Effecting development in the Himalayan region is a steep challenge. Given the paucity of documented development work and success stories in the region, there is not much to guide development action, and development practitioners must experiment and learn. While this could be the wellspring of innovations, it also tends to dissuade practitioners from undertaking development work.

Researchers and development practitioners in various parts of the world have developed models and guides that could be applied in the Himalayas. The HV team has culled out some such models, indicators and guides that have the potential of facilitating development in the Himalayan region,...
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A scatter of responses to the development challenge of the Himalayas - innovations in energy, education, irrigation, livelihoods and technology.

The Himalayan region, though immensely rich in resources, remains behind the plains regions in the concerned nations on almost all development indices. Historically neglected because of its terrain and excluded from the mainstream, the development gap between this region and its neighbouring plains has persisted into present times. Significant contributors to this continuing development gap are the socio-ecological differences between the Himalayan region and the mainstream plains areas. Often policies are developed for the populous plains, and applied in the Himalayas with a disregard for the socio-ecological differences,...

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Insect Trap
Grain storage facilities are always susceptible to pest infestations that can put to waste all the hard work a
farmer has put in. As a solution to this problem Dr. S. Mohan of the Tamil Nadu University has created a device called an ‘Insect Trap'.The device is a narrow cylindrical structure with small perforations all over it and a trapping tube at the bottom. Since insects have a tendency to move towards air they enter through the...

Clean Himalaya Project

The focus of the project is to develop a
comprehensive waste management program including recycling dry waste, vermi-composting organic waste and serve as a model for other communities to replicate. The focus of the project is to develop ...
Himalaya-focused work that seeks to extend our understanding of the region and/or bring about sustainable development for its people.
The Himalayas are characterized by a unique ecosystem, cultural distinctiveness, and diversity of natural and socio-cultural systems. Its remoteness has, however, left the region behind a near-complete information blind and therefore among the least understood parts of the world. This in turn, has contributed to a socio-political exclusion and severe development neglect of Himalayan communities. At the same time, Himalayan worlds are experiencing an accelerated pace of change. Climate change and a burgeoning population have had a significant impact on the ecosystem while increasing connectivity has resulted in a rapid erosion of cultures and values. There is an immediate need to study the region, document it,...
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Balika Samridhi Yojna
in India Programmes & Schemes
This scheme was launched by the Government of India in the year 1979 with a view to change negative family and community attitudes towards the girl child at birth and towards her mother, to improve enrolment and retention of girl...
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SHARE-Asia Project

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SHARE-Asia (Stations for High Altitude Research in India) is an initiative by the Ev-K2-CNR Committee to create a monitoring network along the Himalaya-Karakorum range for studying meteorological and climatic parameters, ....

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Ecotourism Development- A Manual for Conservation Planners and Managers, Volume II

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Ecotourism has become an important economic activity across the world, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience local nature and...

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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has 3 main objectives: (a) To conserve biological diversity; (b) The use biological diversity in a sustainable fashion; (c) To share the benefits of biological diversity fairly and equitably. The treaty defines biodiversity as...

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Impact of Climate Change on Himalayan Glaciers and Glacial Lakes
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As a consequence of global climate change the Himalayan glaciers and glacial lakes are changing at alarming rates. Himalayan glaciers are retreating at rates ranging from 10 to 60m per year while many small ones (<0.2 sq.km) have already disappeared...
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Mountain Issues
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Murup Rigzin,

Even today, there are no hospitals here. If someone falls ill there are no healthcare facilities here. We have to take the patient till the main road then there is no guarantee we will get a vehicle.”

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  Organisations Websites

Reach out to organizations/initiatives working in the Himalayan region and for Himalayan people. Organizations working in diverse sectors, at the country level or internationally. Websites and portals that develop wider awareness on the region.

Mountain regions are disadvantaged in terms of development opportunities and options. The remoteness and harsh conditions, the environment fragility, the geographic spread, low population concentration, and the unique but closed cultures, severely limit the reach and effectiveness of...

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