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, K. Sandstrom
Created: 10/18/2009 -


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).

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Eriksson, M., Jianchu, X., Shrestha, A.B., Vaidya, R., Nepal, S., and Sandstrom, K. (2009). The changing Himalayas - Impact of climate change on water resources and livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Retrieved from CAKE


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