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SHARE-Asia Project
Project INDEPTH (International DEep Profiling of Tibet and the Himalaya)
Panchachulli Women Weavers
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, and address its needs and issues.


Focused studies are being undertaken by some organisations to enhance the understanding of the Himalayan region and to document its ecology and culture. Scientific initiatives aimed at tracking climatic change in the region are shedding light on the extent and impact of global warming. Himalayan languages are being studied and documented and traditional medicinal knowledge of the region is being codified. At the same time, certain projects and interventions are working on technology development for this region, and other interventions are aiming to bridge the development gap through tailor-made services.

Himalayan Glaciers & Rivers Project and Climate witness project
by WWF-Nepal
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 in order to understand the potential environmental crisis. This information is then used for planning effective management and contingency plans with community participation.

The project aims to bring realities of climate change impacts to the public, policy makers and the enthusiasts. The national focus areas for this project are Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) and Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA).
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HKKH Partnership Project
The HKKH Partnership Project is a regional initiative spread across three countries (Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet autonomous region of China) for systemic planning and management of socio-ecosystems in the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalaya region (HKKH). The project implemented by IUCN (in partnership with ICIMOD, Ev-K2-CNR and CESVI) is functional at regional, national and grassroots level with special focus on three protected areas: Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal), Central Karakoram...
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SHARE-Asia Project Panchachulli Women Weavers
Panchachulli Women Weavers
The project seeks to provide an alternative means of livelihood to the Himalayan women by harnessing their...
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Himalayan Languages Project
Clean Himalaya Project
by The Clean Himalaya Society
The Clean Himalaya Project aims to preserve the beauty and holiness of the river Ganges and the Himalayas.
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Himalayan Cataract Project
Composting Toilet Construction
in Innovations
Ensuring access to clean water and basic sanitation services is the first step in eliminating poverty. Composting toilet (CT) technology takes into consideration both these factors. Composting toilets do not use water; they can work regardless of weather conditions,...
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Women and Development in the Garhwal Himalayas
in Social Issues
A close look at the social, economic and political aspects of development in the Garhwal Himalayas clearly indicates that women remain a neglected lot. Their work in the society is overlooked, and their basic needs and aspirations are also ignored. As a result, development...
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Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
in Indicators & Guides
In many countries, governments are seeking advice from a wide range of disciplines on the potential impacts of climate change on the environment and their society and economy. This handbook is designed to help those conducting research supporting such advice...
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On Education
in Voices Gallery

Tsering Murup
Hipti village, Ladakh,

"Education is there for the new generation now, during my time such facilities were not available."
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Integrating Mountain Culture and Natural Resource Management
in Conference Reports
The e-conference on "Integrating Mountain Culture and Natural Resource Management" was organised as a planning event for the 'International Year of the Mountains-2002' to raise awareness and understand the need for integrating culture with sustainable natural resource management...
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Environment Research & Conservation: Interventions aimed at generating research-based information on the Himalayan ecology and environment, and/or on biodiversity conservation, on improved management of land and water resources,...
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Social Research & Welfare: Initiatives aimed at enhancing our understanding of the socio-economic conditions and issues in the Himalayas and projects that seek to enhance welfare services and quality of life of the Himalayan communities...
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Appropriate Technologies: Interventions on developing, adapting and infusing appropriate rural technologies for the Himalayan region, towards reducing the technology gap while improving quality of life...
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Empowerment, Capacity Building: Knowledge/information sharing initiatives to develop human capacity in the Himalayan region and raise awareness in the rest of the world about the region and its problems and strengths
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Poverty Alleviation & Livelihoods: Interventions on alleviating poverty in Himalayan valleys and creating avenues for enhancing incomes and livelihood security...
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Culture Conservation: Interventions on preserving, promoting and revitalising Himalayan cultures...
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Disaster Management:Initiatives and networks aimed at improving preparedness for disasters in the Himalayan region and mitigating the impacts of Himalayan disasters...
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Vulnerable Groups:Projects and initiatives aimed at the most marginalized and vulnerable sections in the Himalayan region- women, children, backward tribes,...
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