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A Self-Governance Approach to Solving the Water Crisis in Ladakh, India: The Ice Stupa Project

Kumar, Shraddha (2019) A Self-Governance Approach to Solving the Water Crisis in Ladakh, India: The Ice Stupa Project.

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Abstract:The region of Ladakh in India is currently undergoing a water crisis, caused by an unprecedented influx of tourism in this remote and ecologically fragile region of the arid higher Himalayas and by the glacial retreat due to climate change. The geopolitical situation of the region surrounded by disputed international borders further complicates the governance and management of water resources in the region. In such a setting, local entrepreneurs, students, engineers and volunteers took matters into their own hands and gave rise to the Ice Stupa project, which involves water harvesting methods using alternative artificial glaciers. While the prototype of the Ice Stupa has been noted to be successful, the plans for the expansion of the project are still ongoing. This thesis applies a governance assessment tool to assess the governance context around the Ice Stupa project in alleviating the water crisis in the region and thereby aims to shed light on the multiple facets of governance conditions of this water harvesting system and its role in water resources management. The analysis reveals that in the governance context of the Ice Stupa project, self-governed, voluntary institutions and public participation together form a highly supportive system of governance, by giving power to the people and making them self-reliant in managing the water resources with little or no supervision from governmental actors.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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