Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas

Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia’s Major River Basins

Published by ICIMOD on 11th December 2015 The first atlas of its kind, this new publication from ICIMOD offers a comprehensive, regional understanding of the changing climate and its impact on water resources in five of the major river basins in the region: the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Salween and Mekong. CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE ATLAS The atlas shows clearly that the region’s climate, which has been changing rapidly, will continue to do so in the future, with severe consequences for populations locally and downstream. Some of the main points in the atlas include: Temperatures across the mountainous Hindu Kush Himalayan region will increase by about 1–2°C (in some places by up to 4–5°C) by 2050. Precipitation will change with...

Dhobighat in Mussoorie

Lives in a Time of Change

Nuvodita Singh is a Sustainable Development professional working in the areas of water security and climate change adaptation. She was based in Centre for Ecology, Development and Research (CEDAR), Dehradun when she conducted research in Dhobighat, Mussoorie. She is currently based at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal. As one travels on the road to Mussoorie from Dehradun, a steep slip road opposite the ‘Mussoorie Jheel’ (Lake) leads to a community of Dhobis (washermen) that is neatly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic and tourists flocking to the lake and shops for entertainment. Dhobighat is a visual treat with colourful houses of different sizes and shapes packed close together on the hill slope, with their...