Himalayan Waters : Status of the Himalayan Land, Water & Forests

On 28 June, 2012 by admin

 

Water is the single most important resource for sustaining any form of life on the planet earth. It is however an irony that despite accepting the indispensability of this resource adequate efforts are not made for its planned development; perhaps due to its seemingly abundant, cheap and easy availability. Availability of water dictates the economic development of any region and is required alike for human existence, agro-horticultural initiatives and industrial growth. It is the distribution and movement of water that largely decides the productivity of land, as also the quality of life. The hilly Himalayan region is blessed with adequately high rainfall but an overwhelmingly high proportion of the same is restricted to the monsoon season. This results in paucity of water during non-monsoon months together with high rates of surface runoff that cause heavy land degradation and erosion. Even though water is available in the valleys the constraints of terrain forces overwhelmingly large proportion of the agricultural fields to be dependent upon rains alone.
With increasing population, changing lifestyles and growing commercial activities shortage of water is being faced in the entire mountainous region. Even in the river valleys portable water is not available in abundance; the river discharge being laden with huge volumes of silt and mud load both during summers (due to glacial melt) and monsoon (due to surface erosion).
Through this website we intend to reach millions of people throughout the world and share with them the information, analysis and research regarding water and sanitation related issues of the Himalayan region. The website also aims at highlighting and sharing the positive interventions in this region.

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