Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

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Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

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The Hindu Kush Himalayas are called the water towers of Asia as it is the source of ten major rivers, and has the largest snow and ice deposit outside of the two Poles. Waters emanating from the Hindu Kush Himalayas provide food, energy and ecosystem services to up to 1.3 billion people. Climate change coupled with socio-economic and demographic changes have put unprecedented pressure on these water resources, leading to uncertain supplies, increased demands and higher risks of extreme events like floods and droughts. These changes have massive implications for livelihoods and infrastructure in the region.

This session will discuss the impacts of climate and other changes on glaciers, river flows and infrastructure like hydropower. It will also discuss how local communities are coping with and adapting to water related stress and its implications for upstream-downstream linkages.

 

Date: Monday, 12 September
Time: 10.30 – 12pm

 

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