What we do: Our background

The problems we are trying to address are widespread across much of the upland areas of Nepal. The Himalayas present extraordinary diversity in terms of its landscape and people which can vary considerably over short distances. In Nepal, the remarkable communities in which we work are usually subsistence based (meaning that throughout the year they only have the capacity to grow enough food for themselves) and are now being subjected to some of the most rapid environmental change on the planet. The Glacier Trust was founded with the help of Southampton University in 2008 to mitigate the impacts of climate change on these upland communities of Nepal.

The Glacier Trust does not ‘do’ aid. Instead we work at the community level to explain how climate change is affecting people’s lives (often it is seen as divine retribution) and how to use their existing resources to better effect, so a communities' resilience and security can be strengthened in this dynamic environment.

The Trust focuses its resources in two areas:

  1. The main focus is on our climate change adaptation programme, which involves small scale, tangible capacity building projects aimed at educating and providing the materials to adapt out-of-date, inadequate agricultural practices to modern practices, resilient to climate change. Check out in more detail How we go about our work and what we've achieved so far and our goals for the future in Our Projects.
  2. Our other growing focus is on our higher education programme, which involves funding summer schools and field trips for Nepali students which builds capacity in a different sector. Check out how, where and why we do this in Higher Ed.

Both these areas build capacity which is very important and at the core of TGT's work, as, over time, this enables communities to develop themselves and take control of their changing environment.