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DRAFT Watershed Survey manual for lakes and Rivers
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, and these are presented in this section.

Habitat Assessment Model: A Tool to Improve Wildlife Habitat Management
by L. R. Roath, et al.
Natural resource managers are faced with a complex and dynamic set of challenges. In order to set and meet wildlife population objectives, it is necessary to understand complex habitat relationships and make sound land management decisions. Many ecosystem processes including disturbance, wildlife movement, and nutrient cycling transcend administrative boundaries. As a result, the management actions taken on public lands cannot be separated from the impacts on adjacent private lands and vice versa (Yaffee and Wondolleck, 1997). To effectively manage at the ecosystem level it is necessary for public and private land managers to collaborate and discuss management goals for their adjacent lands. Development of common ground and a straightforward decision making framework to facilitate the implementation of sound habitat management practices is critical.

In an effort to resolve fence and forage conflicts on private and public lands, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) created the Habitat Partnership Program (HPP). In the winter of 1988-89 concerns over increasing populations of big game and the ensuing fence and forage damages pushed Colorado agricultural groups to propose new legislation to expand CDOW liability for game damages. The two main points of contention were 1) farmers and ranchers were concerned with the ineffectiveness of the Division of Wildlife's
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Revitalizing Indigenous Languages
This compilation is based on the premise that no one person, community, school, university, tribe, or government program has all the answers to keeping any indigenous language alive. It is only through sharing successes and learning from failures that the extinction of indigenous languages can be prevented. The compiled papers seek to create a network of information sharing between indigenous communities while getting the word out about the importance and value of indigenous languages, the current peril they are in, and what can be done to revitalize them.The book seeks to explore a continuum of eight stages of language loss - stage eight being the closest to total extinction...
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The Habitat Assessment Model: A Tool to Improve Wildlife Habitat Management.
Watershed Survey Manual for Lakes and Rivers
DRAFT Watershed Survey Manual for Lakes and Rivers
This manual describes a method that any individual can use to conduct a visual watershed survey. A watershed survey is a simple yet very effective tool for individuals to use for understanding a lake or river system. It requires no specialized training and very little equipment, yet it can provide a great deal of information about a water body. The watershed survey is usually the starting point for a larger monitoring effort, or it may be useful...
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Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
Ecotourism Development- A Manual for Conservation Planners and Managers, Volume I
Himalayan Glaciers & Rivers Project
in Projects & Initiatives
The Eastern Himalayas, also known as the water towers of Asia, have the largest concentrations of glaciers outside the polar region. Himalayan Glaciers & Rivers Project and Climate witness project by WWF in Nepal has been documenting the threats posed by retreating glaciers...
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Collecting Fog water
in Innovations
Water scarcity is a problem faced by many in the world today. With increasing industrialization, increasing population and climate change related abnormalities; water has become an important issue. Some researchers even foretell that war for water amongst nations may soon be a real possibility.
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Women, Energy and Water in the Himalayas
in Social Issues
Water and energy are essential resources for human survival and well-being, mountain women in the Himalayas are finding it increasingly difficult to meet their daily water and energy needs in a sustainable manner. The paper documents the learnings from 'Capacity Building of...
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Mountain Issues
Climate change
in Voices Gallery
Dorjee Namgyal,
"Due to heavy snowfall, chances of cattle dying are high because there is not enough grass to feed them. They just die because of the ... "
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Ecology and Environment
in Mountain Themes
Himalayan communities are by and large self-reliant, and nature-dependent. They have evolved from being hunter-gatherers to communities that draw their livelihoods from agriculture and animal husbandry. Hunting-gathering, however,...
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Mountain Themes