October 15, 2016

2016: ITP Highlight # 08

An old practice that was once used to keep out Genghis Khan's marauding army is being revived in Ladakh; this time to fight climate change. Shaheen discusses how...

The Art of Glacier Grafting

Innovative water harvesting techniques in Ladakh

F.A. Shaheen

As a cold desert with extreme climate and limited precipitation, Ladakh struggles to meet its irrigation requirements. In recent years, a historical practice of grafting glaciers and a new innovative technique of building 'ice stupa' has helped communities improve irrigation access and extend the crop calendar. This Highlight looks at how combining sound science with credible local knowledge is helping people improve climate resilience.

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