Artificial Glacier in high Himalayas of Nepal

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Artificial Glacier in high Himalayas of Nepal

Mustang , NepalNepal
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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The artificial glacier is a technology that helps to adapt water stressed communities in Himalayan Region of Nepal. It is a method of melt water harvesting that stands out in a slope and retains the water that freezes in winter and the melt water can be released in water deficit period.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the water problem in Himalayan Region is no more?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Global Climate Change is affecting the communities living in the Himalayan Region through erratic rainfall, changes in snowfall and drought. The consequences are in water availability and such consequences have direct impact on mountain communities through reduction in agricultural productivity of major crops and deepening the food security level. If the solutions (adaptation) are not in place immediately, the situation will be more severe.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Artificial Glacier is a simple technique to capture and channel the snowmelt water. This technique is based on indigenous knowledge of harvesting the melt water. Mr. Chewang Norphel has developed the concept of artificial glaciers. Our approach is to pilot this project in Nepal and specifically in Dhe village, which upon successful would be a good case study and can be replicated in other part of Nepal in water, stressed areas. At the beginning, assessing the baseline information as a feasibility study will be done. The team of technical people will analyze the data and prepare the structure, identify the sites and probable cost incurred during the operation. In second stage, the structures will be built to as per the plan.
Impact: How does it Work

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Snow water harvesting has traditionally played a significant role in the sustenance of farming communities. Artificial glaciers in the rain shadow areas of the Himalayas can help communities by storing water in an innovative way. In Ladakah, India, Artificial glacier is a tested and verified technology has made a life of village in Stakmo. In past in that villages, the glaciers have vanished, leaving nothing but bare rock. The crop production has reduced. With the introduction of Artificial Glacier by Mr. Norphel, the water problem has reduced. According to him a real glacier containing about one million cubic feet—about 7.5 million gallons—of water could be used to create an artificial glacier capable of irrigating about 380 acres of land.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The future impacts of this project are as follows; Quantitative Impact • 20 households will get the water for irrigation and drinking water purpose. • More than 50% of the land will be cultivated. • Approximately 30% increase in the food production of major crops. • The time to fetch water will be reduced by at least 10 minutes. • The outmigration of people will stop. Qualitative Impact • The water stress will be released. • The time to fetch water will be reduced. • Increase in agricultural production and animal rearing. • Reduce the outmigration of the people from that area. • If this technology is successful in Nepal Himalaya can play a pivotal role for water stressed communities in Himalayan region. • The harmony between the people will be established.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This project will be implemented in close collaboration with different stakeholders working in that area namely, National Trust for Nature Conservation and WWF Nepal Hariyo Ban Program. The participation of the local people, club will be identified and incorporated from the beginning. This project ideally dependent on donation, on successful the training will be provided to limited people to replicate in other parts of Nepal.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

At present, some small initiatives by the local people itself are ongoing like construction of artificial ponds for the irrigation and drinking water purpose. But they are drying at a faster rate. On the other hand they are planning to permanently shift from that place. Although young’s are ready to move to new place but old men’s and women’s have some attachments to that place and they are ready to shift. We have been in contact with some of these NGOs to explore collaboration on our project and to enrich the implementation plan.

Founding Story

In the months of March/April 2012, Deep got the chance to spend some days in Dhe Village in Mustang district. Before that visit, he knew about this village very little. But that time situation was very different and he was very much enthusiastic about that visit. But his enthusiasm does not remain for a minute when he arrived there. People are severely suffering from water and the consequences are very depressing. Entire two year went, yet nothing is in place and problem remained unresolved which is always stayed in the back of his mind. We are thinking of taking the step to resolve the problem at the root. We are aware that, we have to take lead on this to work on it-that is something; we are deeply important and meaningful.
About You
About You
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Deep Prakash

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, DH

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, Mustang

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Probable and possible partners will be identified from community level and national level. The tentative partners are National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), WWF Program and other foundations working in that area. All the partners will be incorporated from the beginning of the project.

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