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Managing waters in India’s varied ecological zones

It is IRONIC that the Himalaya, often alluded to as the ‘water tower of Asia’—the source of mighty rivers that support millions, now face stress especially during summers. The rapidly reducing flow in surface drainage and the disappearance of springs are signs of looming disaster. Changes in micro-climate, anthropogenic pressures, infrastructure development, increase in the consumption and use of water, a reduction in vegetation cover—particularly diverse forests and pastures with mixed species and an unprecedented rise in tourism have all exacerbated this crisis. To resolve the gamut of crises both at policy and at the community level is an arduous task. To begin with, we need to recognise and acknowledge the enormity of the calamity. There is not, in my view, an adequate appreciation of the impact that decreased flows, in say even the Ganges, will have on life and livelihoods, the economy, agriculture, culture and traditions of all those...

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