Chinadialogue, a CHI Partner-Publishes Third Pole Report on Waters

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K N Vajpai

May 25, 2010, 10:08:58 PM5/25/10

Dear All:

One of the Climate Himalaya Partners ( , the Chinadialogue-  launched ‘The Waters of the Third Pole: Sources of threat, sources of survival’ in partnership with its research partners: University College London, King’s College London and the Australian National University.

The report highlights the importance of water as both a vital resource and a potential cause of crisis in Asia. More than one in five people on earth depend on water from the ten major river systems originating at the planet’s Third Pole, but the region is susceptible to high levels of climate warming, earthquake activity, extreme weather events, glacial melting and sea-level rise.

The Chinadialogue hopes to open up a dialogue on an issue that could put the lives and livelihoods of millions of people at risk in the near future.

A copy of the report is available here. More coverage will follow on the in the coming days.

You can also access the report at:



About Thirdpole

The Third Pole Project is a multi-year, bilingual, regional editorial project on the Himalayan watershed. We aim to raise public awareness of the impacts of climate change in a strategic and vulnerable region and to promote cooperation across geographical, cultural and political fault lines. is a unique platform in Chinese and English that offers a common space for information and open discussion. It publishes high quality, accurate articles across a major language barrier and serves as a meeting ground for scientists, journalists, activists and policy makers to explore the scientific, social, economic and security aspects of the environmental changes that are under way. It seeks to promote mitigation, adaptation, conflict prevention and regional cooperation through raising awareness and promoting discussion. All material (with author’s permission) is published in Chinese and English under a Creative Commons license and is freely available for republication for non-profit and educational use.



Climate Himalaya Initiative Team


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