APN-funded project at IIT Roorkee

REgional cooperation for FReshwater Ecosystem Services in Himalayas (REFRESH): Understanding the influences of monsoon variability and compound extremes

About the project

The Himalayas play a critical role in supporting the lives of millions of people, as they are the source of large rivers and provide essential freshwater ecosystem services (FES). However, the sustainability of these ecosystems and their services is under threat due to climate change and human activity. We lack a comprehensive understanding of the availability of FES and the impact of climate extremes/human activities in this region. To address this gap, the REFRESH project aims to study the availability of FES in four Himalayan catchments across India, Nepal, and Bhutan. This project will investigate the impact of monsoon variability and climate extremes on the FES in these catchments to inform decision-making and ensure the long-term sustainability of the ecosystems and their services.

Collaborating Institutes

IIT Roorkee

IIT Mandi

IIT Indore

NIH Roorkee

Royal University Bhutan

Acharya Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology

Nepal Engineering College

Funding Agency

APN is an intergovernmental network of 22 countries working towards an Asia-Pacific region that is successfully addressing the challenges of global change and sustainability.

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