Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team captured the voices of mountain people from the western Himalayan region of India. Our team came across the real situation while interacting with various people in this region.
The team witnessed that the people are not aware about the statistics on the level of warming or precipitation in their area, but their observations are the testimony of changes in the mountain farming system, agriculture productivity, horticulture practices and in the landscape http://www.arbtech.co.uk, which led to the hardship to the mountain communities in the form of poor water availability, low agriculture and horticulture productivity, livelihood losses, increase in the pests in farms and other health concerns.
With the decrease in agriculture productivity, increasing family size and divided land mass, fragmented development and poor technical know-how on various livelihood and farm based options, they have only added to the hardship of mountain people. When one observes their daily life style and the desires they have, you will come to know that they are struggling for basics like food, shelter and fodder.
They are ignorant about the government programs, the scientific research projects in their area, the technological advancement due to such projects, the best practices or cases our leaders talk in various global forums, the presentations our scientists and researchers read in mega conferences, the peer reviewed publication in an international journal, etc.. The only thing they know is that they need to survive their own on daily basis and there are not many options available in government jobs (in army or teaching), a nearby private job or in opening a petty business, but, they need to own the situation, even when the weather or climatic conditions are unfavorable.
The guardians of our mountain resources are vulnerable to climate changes and deprived of developmental process, this they believe as their destiny, nothing more than that. They just aspire and hope that one fine day they will get ‘some’ support or help from the ‘government’ to overcome from such a situation, but, it’s long due…
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About Mountain voice project
Mountain Voice’ is a multi-media series of Climate Himalaya that captures the experiences, thoughts and opinions of people, practitioners, policy makers and researchers on various climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In this we interact with people to record their voices to understand the current situation by uploading them on its knowledge portal and YouTube channel that could be viewed by people worldwide. The objective of ‘Mountain Voice’ is to generate awareness about region at various levels, so that Himalayan mountains are recognized among the important places those need attention of the world leaders towards climate adaptation and sustainable development. You can see other similar videos at Link>>
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on the mountain and climate related issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last two years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>