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Ladakh’s Ice Stupas spread water conservation message on World Water Day

This year Ladakh region has built ice Stupas in over a dozen villages. Best Ice Stupas among 12 villages will be awarded in Leh district on the occasion of World Water Day being celebrated on Friday.

For the last 4 years, there was not enough snow fall in the region. With global warming, the glaciers have thinned, some have vanished. However, after consequent adverse years, this year Ladakh has received good snow fall.

Taking the opportunity, the Himalayan institute of Alternatives, Ladakh ( HIAL) has encouraged the villages to compete in building Ice Stupas. 

The call and was taken positively by the youth. Over 12 villages have participated in competition. HIAL has provided material and technology to the villagers. 

To commemorate ice Stupas and create awareness among the world on how Himalayas are affected by the global warming, the Posts Department has released a special Stamp on ice Stupas. Wangchuk assured that Ganglas village have enough water storage to help the farmer this season.

He said that it will benefit many households of Ganglas village.

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

World Water Day provides an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge.

The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate.

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