MONITORING REPORT ISB: To help address this problem, three organisations have come together to produce the Asias first climate and water atlas, a guidebook for policy makers who are tackling crucial adaptation issues.

The “Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in five of Asias Major River Basins” has been released by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GRID-Arendal and the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO).

The first of its kind, the atlas offers a comprehensive, regional understanding of the changing climate and its impact on water resources in five of the major river basins in the region – the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Salween and Mekong. It uses maps and infographics to show how the regions climate is changing now and into the future, with severe consequences for populations.

At the launch of the atlas, David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, stressed the importance of the new research study.

“This Atlas sheds light on the state and fate of the water resources of the Hindu Kush Himalayas, a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change and one of the poorest regions in the world,” Molden said.

The atlas also includes a number of key recommendations for policy makers to encourage the development of flexible and cooperative strategies, including between countries, to deal with increased variability and meet the challenges posed by either too much or too little water.

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