Megatrends in Hindu Kush Himalaya: Climate Change, Urbanisation and Migration and Their Implications for Water, Energy and Food

Aditi Mukherji, Christopher A Scott, David Molden, Amina Maharjan

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Abstract

The Hindu Kush Himalaya is undergoing rapid change, driven by twin megatrends of climate change and urbanisation, which threaten their crucial water-provisioning services for over a billion people across Asia and undermine quality of life, economic development, and environmental sustainability within the region. This chapter examines current and future megatrends from a mountain perspective, assessing the impacts for water, energy and food security of glacial melt, altered river flows and drying springs, coupled with unplanned urban growth and outmigration. Further innovation is needed in responding to climate-induced risk, developing hydro-power sustainably and enhancing mountain agriculture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater Resources Development and Management
PublisherSpringer
Pages125-146
Number of pages22
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameWater Resources Development and Management
ISSN (Print)1614-810X
ISSN (Electronic)2198-316X

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Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Hindu Kush Himalaya
  • Migration
  • Urbanisation
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Mukherji, A., Scott, C. A., Molden, D., & Maharjan, A. (2018). Megatrends in Hindu Kush Himalaya: Climate Change, Urbanisation and Migration and Their Implications for Water, Energy and Food. In Water Resources Development and Management (pp. 125-146). (Water Resources Development and Management). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6695-5_8