Global water resources are facing increasing pressure from climate change and rising consumption. This problem is especially acute in the Hindu Kush Himalayan mountains, which are home to 1.3 billion people – more than the entire continent of Europe. These people live in one of the most populous, disaster-prone and vulnerable regions in the world, yet knowledge about the region’s climate is still limited and scattered.
In this video, Dr. Arun Bhakta Shrestha (Regional Programme Manager, River Basin Management/Senior Climate Change Specialist, ICIMOD) explains some of the latest scientific findings in the region regarding the availability of water up until 2050 across the Hindu Kush Himalayas. Further information can be found within the Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in five of Asia’s Major River Basins.
This video is a part of the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). HICAP is implemented jointly by ICIMOD, CICERO, and GRID-Arendal in collaboration with local partners and is funded by the governments of Norway and Sweden.