Living Himalayas: securing the water towers of Asia

Living Himalayas: securing the water towers of Asia

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
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Dates / Project duration

July 2012 - December 2015 / 42 months

Field of action :

Integrated and sustainable management of water resources

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Project sponsor(s) :

WWF Finland – WWF International



The Himalayas, Asia's water tower, is the source of ten of the largest rivers in Asia which are the life force of approximately 40% of the world population living in these river basins. The Koshi and Dangme river basins, which cross through Nepal and Bhutan, play a key role for Eastern Himalayas' hydrology, since they give life to a rich and diverse flora and fauna.

However, the regimes in the Himalayas are changing, which puts at risk food production, investments made in hydroelectric energy, the survival of plants and animals, and the survival of the human communities.

The goal of this project is to set up an integrated water resources management plan. By creating regional platforms, it will bring together all those involved around discussions on political initiatives and will make it possible to disseminate good practice. This project provides extremely valuable hands-on experience to strengthen water management policies and practices at local, national and regional levels.