Vol. 6 No. 1 (2020): Water Scarcity and Sustainability in the Himalayas
Water is life, a source of sustenance of humans, their livelihoods and prosperity. Out of all the water of earth, the saline water comprises of 97.5 percent and only 2.5 percent is fresh water and almost 2% of it is frozen. As there is small amount of usable water available, achieving water security is one of the biggest global challenges, affecting environmental sustainability, economic growth, and social development. The ever-increasing threat to global water supplies makes it imperative to understand the causes and consequences of water scarcity and to find pathways of water achieving sustainable management of water sources. Although the Himalayan region is popularly known as the ‘Water Tower’ of Asia indicating that there is plenty, water scarcity exists ubiquitously in relation to quantity and quality for domestic use and irrigation system among other usage. Physical availability of water alone has not been able to ensure access to water equitability due to complexities of infrastructural development, institutional efficacy, gender and social dynamics, rapid population growth, haphazard local development/urbanization and the changing dynamics of climate change.
In the context above, our goal in proposing this special issue of the New Angle on Water Scarcity and Sustainability is to consolidate many of the ongoing, yet scattered, evidence on water scarcity, security and sustainability into a single journal issue.
The contributions to this special issue will encompass a broad spectrum of topics in water resources, including, but not limited to:
- Climate change impacts on water resources, scarcity and sustainability;
- Issues of gender and social inclusion in water governance;
- Challenges of managing water resources in the context of rapid urbanization in the era of climate change uncertainty;
- Policy and institutional dimensions of water governance;
- Conflict and collaboration on water resource management.
Editorial Coordinator: Dil Khatri, PhD
Editorial team for the special issue: Dr. Chandra Pandey, Dr. Hemant Ojha