Two new research organizations in mountain studies have been established in Japan during the cherry blossom season
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Two new research organizations in mountain studies have been established in Japan during the cherry blossom season

April might be the most important month in the Japanese year, not only because of the cherry blossom season but for starting a new semester. In April 2017, two new research organizations have been established regarding mountain studies in Japan – “Master degree program of mountain studies” and “Mountain Science Center (MSC)”. After a Japanese […]

Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs
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Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs

What are Ecological Calendars? Calendars enable us to anticipate future conditions and plan activities. Ecological calendars keep track of time by observing seasonal changes in our habitat (Fig. 1). The nascence of a flower, emergence of an insect, arrival of a migratory bird, breakup of ice, or last day of snow cover – each is […]

Naubise farmer finds relief in climate smart practices
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Naubise farmer finds relief in climate smart practices

Farmer Sita Neupane is the talk of the town this summer. Ms Neupane earned a whopping NPR 70,000, selling cucumbers from her vegetable patch that roughly spans 375 square metres. And, she did it all without using any chemical pesticides on her vegetable farm in Naubise, Mahadevstan-7 of Kavre Palanchowk District, Nepal. Ms Neupane attributes […]

Mountain Sentinels in action: Asia
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Mountain Sentinels in action: Asia

The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network takes a social-ecological systems perspective, where the emergent system properties are greater than the sum of its parts. While this systems perspective is one our guiding principles, in some cases, the parts are really, really interesting by themselves. Below are condensed statements from representatives of the Mountain Sentinels’ community regarding […]

Japan’s “Exquisite and Well Conserved” mountain springs
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Japan’s “Exquisite and Well Conserved” mountain springs

Mountain springs: How do we manage the water cycle? Thirty years ago, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment selected one hundred Exquisite and Well Conserved Waters (called “meisui” in Japanese, meaning “good water” in short) to promote the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and to raise awareness about their importance. In 2008, 100 more waters were […]

The aesthetics of earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
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The aesthetics of earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

When I visited Nepal half a year after the devastating 2015 earthquake, no reconstruction had been initiated. Villagers lived in temporary sheds raised on the ruins of their dwellings and concentrated efforts on saving the harvest, giving first priority to food security. They waited for the government to distribute the promised NPR 300,000 (USD 3,000) […]

Jholmal – A chemical-free solution for farmers in Kavre
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Jholmal – A chemical-free solution for farmers in Kavre

This blog is the first in a four-part series that explores case studies within ICIMOD’s Resilient Mountain Village (RMV) program under their regional initiative Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). RMV is an integrated approach to development in mountain areas that combines economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development with climate change adaptation, resilience, […]

Is the water cycle accelerating over the Tibetan Plateau?
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Is the water cycle accelerating over the Tibetan Plateau?

The International Workshop on Land Surface Multi-spheres Processes of Tibetan Plateau and their Environmental and Climate Effects Assessment was held August 8-10 in 2016 in Xining (2200 m a.s.l.), capital of Qinghai province in China and the northeastern gateway to the Tibetan Plateau (TP). The meeting was supported by the Third Pole Environment (TPE) program […]

Journey to Yala Glacier
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Journey to Yala Glacier

The handset shortwave radio finally crackled, ‘Chimi ji, are you still there? Over!’ asked Ngawang, the leader of the expedition checking on me. I felt safe. I had been sitting alone on the glacier for about 45 minutes, as I could not keep up with my colleagues and I was exhausted. Unrelenting fog that refused […]

AWS On Ice
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AWS On Ice

True fact: there have been not one but two workshops dedicated specifically to the installation of automatic weather stations on glaciers. One of the biggest unknowns in how glaciers will respond to climate change are the meteorological conditions and melt rates at the glacier surface, and how these conditions relate to data from standard observation […]