Articles by The Third Pole
Mar 06, 2020
As water crisis hits Hindu Kush Himalayan region, better planning and management are need of the hourCities and towns in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, initially designed for much smaller populations – if designed at all – now have to deal with the inflow of much larger numbers, and that too of people in distress. Managing water sources becomes far more difficult in such circumstances.
Feb 28, 2020
Sharda river's changing course is creating perpetual refugees, rendering infrastructure futileAs the Sharda River submerges their land and homes, refugees from then East Pakistan and of Uttar Pradesh are being displaced again and again.
Feb 26, 2020
In desert regions of Pakistan's Umerkot, a women-led initiative to grow jujube berries yields a sweet harvestThe journey began in 2015 when 10 women planted 50 fruit berry (jujube) trees grafted with indigenous wild berries. The extension of such orchards could fulfill the nutritional requirements and could reduce malnourishment among pregnant lactating women, children and women in drought affected areas of Umerkot and Tharparkar.
Feb 18, 2020
Kashmir: Mining expands on rivers despite dire warnings, threatening local livelihoodsDespite warnings from research commissioned by itself, the government has thrown open mining auctions in Kashmir, threatening the stability of the riverbed, flood control mechanisms, and local livelihoods
Feb 16, 2020
Mahakali: An account of women's lives along the river basin as men migrate in search of workMen are conspicuously absent from the villages and towns on the banks of the Mahakali – the transboundary river that marks the western border of Nepal with India.
Feb 10, 2020
Mahakali: Conflict escalates as locals lose out on livelihoods; municipalities at loggerheads over revenueMahakali is also the main source of income for the municipalies [Bhimdatta municipality and Mahakali municipality], heightening tensions, since they were given the power to manage the river resources two years ago.
Feb 09, 2020
In Nepal, locals along Mahakali river deprived of livelihoods as contractors take over, laws floutedIt needs an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report to collect more than 250 cubic meters of sands and pebbles. Neither the Bhimdatta or Mahakali municipality have produced such reports.
Jan 30, 2020
In Bhutan, misinformation, lack of funds pose major hurdles in move towards electric vehiclesEven if the introduction of 300 electric vehicles pans out as expected by 2021, the UNDP funding stops there. If Bhutan hopes to continue with an electric vehicle programme beyond next year, the government will have to find new sponsors – a process that could derail the programme’s future.
Jan 26, 2020
Beyond Achro Thar's scenic landscape, harsh reality of salt miners' living conditions, wagesThe miners working on these salt lakes in Achro Thar live in destitute conditions with no access to healthcare and no money to travel out for miles to visit a medical centre
Jan 12, 2020
Despite India-China bilateral agreement, water data on Brahmaputra might be inadequateWhile much of the flow in the Yarlung Tsangpo that enters Arunachal Pradesh in India as Siang is generated in the south aspect of the Himalaya, there seems to be an absence of flow data in the stretch of the river from the crestline to the China-India border.