The Stream - Beyond the poles

Last week we were contacted by the producers from Al Jazeera's show The Stream. We put them in touch with our long time collaborator in Nepal, Dr Dhananjay Regmi. Dr Regmi, who we know as DJ, led our last HiPER field study visit to the Periglacial environment in eastern Nepal. DJ is involved with several businesses, NGOs and initiatives in Nepal, he is also trained in Geomorphology to PhD level. 

Dr. Dhananjay Regmi, TGT partner, on Al Jazeera's The Stream, 22nd June 2017.

Dr. Dhananjay Regmi, TGT partner, on Al Jazeera's The Stream, 22nd June 2017.

DJ joined a panel of experts to discuss the causes and consequences of glacier melt around the world, specifically in non-polar regions. Joining DJ were: Aisha Khan from Mountain and Glacier Protection Organisation (Pakistan), Andrew Fountain from Portland State University and Musonda Mumba from UNEP.  

You can watch the full 30 minute show on The Stream's YouTube channel:

A long goodbye to glaciers?

UK: 22nd June, 8.30pm - Al Jazeera TV (Sky Channel 514) and online. Nepal: 23rd June, 1.15am - Al Jazeera TV and online

UK: 22nd June, 8.30pm - Al Jazeera TV (Sky Channel 514) and online.
Nepal: 23rd June, 1.15am - Al Jazeera TV and online

Earlier this week we were contacted by Al Jazeera International, they are doing a glaciers special as the latest episode of their series 'The Stream'. We have sent them various footage collected in the field and by our wonderful friends at Matter Studio, so look out for that.

We have also put them in touch with Dr Dhananjay Regmi in Kathmandu who led our most recent study trip to the high glaciers. Dr Regmi will be part of a panel discussion (via Skype) and will be outlining the problems associated with glacier melt, but also, the hidden menace of Permafrost thaw.

Tune into Al Jazeera tonight at 8.30pm (UK time) to watch the show.
Here's where you can find Al Jazeera on your TV: 

Sky Digital, Channel - 514
Freesat, Channel - 203
Freeview, Channel - 83
Freeview HD, Channel - 108
Virgin Media – Cable channel 622

It is also being streamed live on the Al Jazeera website and will be available to watch online soon after.

We'll write up a short summary of the show once it has aired.   


Scenes from Nepal: Playtime at Deusa AFRC

Today is Outdoor Classroom Day in the UK and Ireland. To celebrate, here is the second in our series of short films to give you a taste of life in Nepal. It's playtime at the Deusa AFRC! 

As well as being a resource centre for agro forestry education and training the Glacier Trust funded AFRC in Deusa also hosts kindergarten every morning. Here's a clip from playtime!

Look out for more Scenes from Nepal on our Facebook and Twitter profiles.

To find out more about our work in Deusa, visit our projects pages.

Five solutions for Soil Erosion in Nepal

Soil Erosion is a huge problem in Nepal and one of the world's least talked about, but most pressing environmental concerns. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, there may only be enough soil for 60 more harvests

Many of our projects centre around education and awareness raising. This is most commonly done through Farmer Field Schools run by our partner organisations. Soil erosion and how to prevent it, has to be a covered in any awareness raising and training activity. 

Here's a short video from SAKNepal offering up five low cost solutions:

It's the Ice Stupa.

We had a really interesting conversation with Dr Steven Palmer from Exeter University this morning. He told us about the amazing Ice Stupa project happening in Ladakh, in the far north of India. 

Sonam Wangchuk describes Ice Stupa Artificial Glaciers and the vision beyond.

It is a really simple concept for alleviating water stress in the arid upland plateaus. An Ice Stupa is like a haystack of ice, but a lot bigger, about the size of a three storey house. You make one by piping melt water from glaciers in the late winter down to village level. The water is then sprayed into the below freezing night time air. As it settles it freezes to form an Ice Stupa. This stupa can then be tapped for water over the spring and early summer months when water stress is at its most challengeing. 

This is Climate Change adaptation at its innovative best and exactly the sort of project The Glacier Trust wants to support. Dr. Palmer discussed potential locations that might benefit from this in Nepal. We're definitely adding it to our list of 'future projects', we would love to work with Exeter University and The Ice Stupa Project to fund some action-research into its suitability in Nepal. Please contact us if this is something you would be interested in helping us to fund.  

Photo credit: Ice Stupa Project - The early development of an Ice Stupa in Ladakh.

Photo credit: Ice Stupa Project - The early development of an Ice Stupa in Ladakh.

Irrigation scheme installed in Durlunga

This week we received a report from our partners HICODEF who we are working with in the Deurali district. Deurali is in Newalparasi in the south of Nepal.

This year we are funding the construction of a brand new irrigation scheme to feed the village of Durlunga in the uplands of Deurali. HICODEF have sent us these photos of the construction process.

The irrigation scheme will bring huge benefits to this community. Thanks to our support farmers in Deurali are already learning new agricultural techniques and growing crops of tomatoes, potatoes and broom grass to sell in local markets. The new water supply will make a huge difference in 2017/18. 

Please help us to continue our work in Deurali by making a donation today.

You are never too young to take action on Climate Change

CC by 2.0. AFP Photo / Indian Army. A flood damaged road in Uttarakhand, Northern Indian.

CC by 2.0. AFP Photo / Indian Army. A flood damaged road in Uttarakhand, Northern Indian.

Ridhima Pandey is from Uttarakhand, just west of Nepal in India's Himalayan region. She is nine years old. Last week she filed a lawsuit against the Indian Government for its failure to take action on Climate Change. Uttarakhand suffers many of the same problems as the communities our work supports in neighbouring Nepal: flash floods, landslides, insect pest infestations and heavy rain storms. Climate Change is exacerbating these problems and will continue to. Even at nine years of age Ridhima understands this and is calling on the Indian Government to honour pledges made in the UNFCCC Paris Agreement to limit the impacts.

One way to 'adapt' to the impacts of Climate Change is to leave these remote areas, but this is not really adaptation at all, it is fleeing and a painful last resort. When people leave remote, rural areas they most commonly head to the city. Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, like many cities in neighbouring India and China, is growing and with that growth comes overcrowding, air pollution and severe health problems. In a globalised world, the opportunities to migrate for work and study are fantastic things and we would never want to deny young people like Ridhima these opportunities. But, we desperately need to ensure they also have the opportunity to make a living in the remote communities they call home. The Himalayas are littered with thousands of abandoned villages, it is tragic and avoidable. 

Genuine adaptation to climate change is possible and achievable, The Glacier Trust and our partners in Nepal are proving this. Thanks to our work, families are able to remain in the villages that have been their homes for generations. In some instances, our interventions have encouraged people to return to farm their land. We are helping them to nurture and improve it making it more fertile, productive and resilient. By enabling farmers to grow cash crops in a sustainable and organic way, our work is creating economic possibilities. This, we hope, will secure a future for the next generation.

We strongly support lobbying efforts like Ridhima's, but are not relying on national government's and UN bodies to turn their words into deeds. In a world of Trumpian politics it feels like a very high stakes gamble. Our focus is on the urgent need to take action now to secure the future of remote mountain communities. With your help we can do even more.