A global hotspot
The Himalayas is one of the world's most sensitive hotspots to global climate change
, with impacts manifesting at a particularly rapid rate. A situation that is predicted to intesify in coming years, with dire and far-reaching impacts on food, water and energy security
, as well as biodiversity and species loss. Not just in the Himalayas, but throughout Asia.
The Water Towers of Asia
The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world's great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and the Mekong. Over a billion people depend directly on the Himalayas for their survival, with over 500 million people in South Asia, and another 450 million in China completely reliant on the health of this fragile mountain landscape.
Climate change in the Himalayas poses a serious threat to the source of these great rivers with dire and far-reaching impacts on biodiversity, food, water and energy security. Vulnerable nations must therefore move rapidly to build resilience to these impacts and adapt to the changing climate.
Find out how WWF is working with the people and governments of the Himalayas to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, whilst maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services >>