The Himalayas! Great spring of giant, unpolluted rivers running all across Asia. Populations grow along those fluid tentacles of life, they make our existence, as we know it, possible. To study water resources is critically important as they are the primary vehicle through which most impacts of climate change will occur. Already now, one billion people struggle —each day— with not having enough water to make just a simple life possible.
Along its banks, rivers are often used for agriculture, livestock, drinking water, hydropower and by the natural ecosystem to name a few. This high demand by many user groups means that a proper management and adequate distribution system has to be in place in order to use the water sustainably. Here in Nepal however, deforestation, landslides through road construction, hydropower and the increased use of pesticides are just some of the reasons why rivers have an increasing problem. Keeping up with the demand, especially in regions with big seasonal water fluctuations is difficult. Those seasonal fluctuations will increase in severity, due the warming climate and a growth in demand. Many people have great ideas, sweet policies and projects are in place, however the actual adaptation and implementation is often not given all the way down to the local level. We are the local level, we all have a place that we are local to. This place may change over time and sometimes the whole world is your home but it doesn’t change the fact that we have to learn to love our local community and help it develop sustainably.