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The Changing Himalayas – Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas

Mats Eriksson, X. Jianchu, A.B. Shrestha, R. Vaidya, S. Nepal, and K. Sandstrom
Created: 10/18/2009 - Updated: 3/14/2019


The ‘greater Himalayan region’, sometimes called the ‘Roof of the World’, is noticeably impacted by climate change. The most widely reported impact is the rapid reduction in glaciers, with profound future implications for downstream water resources. The impacts of climate change are superimposed on a variety of other environmental and social stresses, many already recognised as severe (Ives and Messerli, 1989).

Published On

Monday, October 19, 2009


Multilateral / Transboundary
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed: 
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Governance and Policy

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